Monday, November 03, 2003

The college football season took an unexpected turn early Saturday night. Two games, played 3,000 miles apart and featuring match-ups of top-10 teams, changed the dynamics of the BCS Championship. In Blacksburg, the three-year, thirty-nine game regular season winning streak of the Miami Hurricanes came to a stunning end at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies, 31-7. Although the game was much closer than the score might indicate (the Canes dropped a pass off a fake field goal that would have tied the game before half, and allowed two touchdowns off of a fumble and an interception), the unexpected demise of the nation's most hated team, at the hands of a rival that had been routed the week before by lowly West Virginia, sent the selection for an opponent for Oklahoma back to the computers (btw, the last regular season loss for Miami came in the Butch Davis Era, against the Rick Neuheisel-coached UDub Huskies back in September, 2000).

And according to the BCS standings out today, that team is likely to be U.S.C., a 43-16 winner over Washington State. Sophomore QB Matt Leinart led the Trojan second half onslaught with two touchdown passes, and is in position to be the first player since Marshall Faulk to make a serious run at the Heisman Trophy before his junior year. To become the first Pac-10 school to qualify for the BCS Championship, SC needs only wins at Arizona and at home to UCLA and Oregon State.

And now, the moment you've been waiting for, the Song Girl of the Week is...Allison. A junior majoring in Public Relations, this leggy blonde picks bread as her favorite food (?!?), whose favorite movie is the early Sarah Jessica Parker classic Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and getting to "hang with my sorority sisters" (she's a Kappa). Her main reason for attending the university is that "[T]he Trojan Family is unbelievable. The pride and love associated with this university is something that can not be duplicated anywhere else. And the spirit that is associated with USC and with Trojan athletics is awesome." Fight On !!


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