After the Sun Bowl the USC Trojans Football Season mercifully came to an end. Matt Barkley’s record setting career ended on the bitterest of notes. The preseason number 1 ranking did not last long in the senior’s final season. Just when this particular chapter in the story appeared to have ended, the Irish are playing for the National Championship.
The Trojans don’t have much choice other than a “woe is me” philosophy. They had their opportunity to spoil the Irish’s Title chances. The Trojans had 8 chances from inside the 5 to preclude Monday’s nightmare. But that ended when Max Wittek’s pass went off Soma Vainuku’s fingertips in the front of the endzone.
The Irish are of course lead by Manti Te’o, who at one point was viewed as a lock to be wearing a USC uniform. But instead in this horrible year for the USC Trojans, Te’o is their principle tormentor, as he leads Notre Dame for its first title game in 24 seasons against Alabama looking forward to their 3rd BCS title in 4 years.
Alabama is the favorite to win Monday night because Nick Saban and his team know how to prepare a team for the difficulties of a month break between games. They have been there before. Saban can focus his team for a game as important as this.
The last time Brian Kelly’s team was in a BCS bowl game, he was not coaching it. He accepted the Notre Dame job between the end of the regular season and Cincinnati’s Sugar Bowl Game appearance in 2010. Cincinnati lost 54 to 21 against Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators that day.
A Notre Dame victory would be the ultimate insult to Matt Barkley’s injured end to his career. Well if Notre Dame and UCLA were both in the BCS Championship game that would be the most ultimate of insults. A victory for Notre Dame would be the closest thing to a victory for the Pac 12 conference over the SEC with neither Oregon, Stanford, or USC in the title game. But that result would be too sour to stomach for the USC Trojans.