Wow, a weekend of upsets has put Notre Dame atop the BCS standings, not to mention leaving it the only undefeated team. In its last regular season game, Notre Dame plays USC. . . . Now, normally I root against the Notre Dame football team in every game, except when it plays USC, but I'm wondering if this year is different. Notre Dame is 10-0, while USC is 7-4.
1) USC is irrelevant. Whether the Trojans finish 7-5 or 8-4 doesn't really matter. They'll go to a bowl game, but it's not going to be a good one. At 11-0, Notre Dame gets a chance to win the national championship, and if it's against Alabama, I might have to root for the Irish just so the SEC can finally have its BCS streak broken.
2) If USC loses, that means it will have lost 4 of its last 5 games, including devastating ones against traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame, not to mention the upstarts Oregon and Stanford. I'm afraid that will lead to Lane Kiffin's being fired. You see, as I noted here, I love that Kiffin is USC's coach, as I think he keeps the team from performing up to its lofty talent level. If he's fired, they might get someone . . . good. A victory against Notre Dame -- without star QB Matt Barkley, to boot -- might save Kiffin's job!
3) USC's beating Notre Dame boosts the value of Stanford's, Oregon's, UCLA's, and Arizona's victories over USC, thus elevating the Pac-12 and adding to the collection of nice non-conference wins by Pac-12 teams: Wisconsin and BYU (by Oregon State), Nebraska (by UCLA), and Oklahoma State (by Arizona).
So . . . um . . . go Trojans, fight on!