THIS THING ISN’T OVER YET
Only two weekends remain to determine who will play for the national championship, and only three teams determine their own destiny. They play four games that could decide everything. Unless things get weird again – and after the last two Saturdays, who’s going to rule that out?
The Dash is here to sort out the road to South Florida, outlining what needs to happen for the eight schools to reach the title game:
Notre Dame (1). This is the most clear-cut scenario of them all: Win one game Saturday against USC and the Irish are in. But anyone who knows the history of this rivalry isn’t taking anything for granted in Los Angeles on Saturday – even with Matt Barkley reportedly out. Notre Dame knows heartbreak in the Coliseum.
In 1964, the Fighting Irish were undefeated and ranked No. 1, taking on an unranked USC team with three losses. Notre Dame led 17-0 at halftime but lost, 20-17, blowing the national title in the process.
In 1970, undefeated and second-ranked Notre Dame was upset in a downpour by an unranked, 5-4-1 USC team, 38-28.
In 1974, Notre Dame was 9-1 but still in the national championship picture when it played 8-1-1 USC. The Irish built a 24-0 lead and then completely collapsed, losing 55-24 in what remains The Dash’s all-time greatest example of a complete momentum reversal.