Welcome to another Bagpipe Monday on One Foot Down! Friends, I can still taste the losses the Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered in the 2000s at the hands of the USC Trojans. Most of those years saw Southern Cal kick the crap out of the Irish as they were the better team, and almost always played their best game against the Irish.
Those Pete Carroll years were rough. Pete was always able to get his teams worked up into a frenzy, and they reveled in double digit scoring margins. Notre Dame went through three head coaches during Carroll’s years with Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham, and Charlie Weis. They were a combined 1-8 against Carroll, with the lone win coming in Carroll’s first season.
The arrival of Brian Kelly saw the departure of Carroll and the downward spiral of USC’s dominance. Kelly has been a fairly respectable 5-3 against USC, but his last two trips with the Irish to L.A. have been brutal losses.
Southern Cal is in yet another downward spiral, and the team is a mess. It’s led by a quarterback that would have been better off if he would have stayed in high school another year, and a coaching staff that has seemingly made things worse.
They’re a wreck... so let’s make them WRECKIER.
Will the Irish win big or win close against USC?
This poll is closed
The Irish have just one more victory to claim this season to make the college football playoff. What better way than to defend the Jeweled Shillelagh against these heathen Trojans? What better way than to celebrate another perfect regular season on their field while they continue to burn?
Now is not the time for talk of jinxes, or high hopes, or whatever voodoo nonsense bullshit someone with a weak heart and a weak mind can come up with. The Irish march across the country to put its boot up the asses of an old enemy before they move on towards the chance of a greater glory. Don’t be that guy. Don’t be the person that cries out “hold me I’m Irish” or even feign worry about this game to appease some football god that doesn’t exist.
See the goal. See the path. WRECK THE FUCKING PATH.
Celebration is reserved for Saturday, but let the shit-talking begin. Enjoy the pipes.