Monday, October 21, 2002

Well, so much for the Seneca Wallace for Heisman campaign. Oklahoma did a number on the Cyclone QB, and pretty much had the game won by the middle of the second quarter, 49-3. At this point, the Heisman race is pretty much Ken Dorsey's to lose; the consensus seems to be that he should have won last year, but the voters decided to reward Eric Crouch's career, not unlike what AMPAS did when it gave Al Pacino an Oscar for "Scent of a Woman", or Paul Newman for "The Color of Money". Ohio State remained undefeated by edging Wisconsin, 19-14, while Oregon suffered its first loss at home to Arizona State, 45-42, the second straight year the Ducks have blown a big lead at home to a mid-level team in the Pac-10. Notre Dame used a gritty defensive performance to shut down Air Force, 17-10; of their remaining games, only Florida State this week and USC at the end of November really stand between the Irish and an undefeated season.

And speaking of the Trojans, from what I saw in Saturday's 41-21 win over Washington, maybe USC is about ready to reemerge after a long dry spell, and show off a team comparable to some of the fabled squads of the past, such as 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, and 1992. Yes, in my opinion, the USC Song Girls are back, after having slumped for the better part of the last decade, coasting along on their reputation, a pale shadow of their former greatness. The high quality of the Songleaders this season is a testament to the tradition of the program, and a return to the glory days of the Long Blonde Line from the late-70's, and the classic "Silicon Valley" squads of the Tollner/Smith eras. Fight On !!


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