Saturday, October 15, 2005
On September 3rd, Mark May of "College Game Day", an alleged expert, predicted that the University of Notre Dame football team would be either 1-5 or 0-6 after their first half dozen games. Well, with the team at 4-1 and ranked in the top ten, this guy either needs a new profession, or a new crystal ball. The Fightin' Irish are back, going into today's much-anticipated tilt against the two-time defending national champion USC Trojans, who are currently ranked #1 in the nation and winners of 27 straight games. In this great rivalry, the Trojans are 4-0 when coming into the game ranked #1. However, the Irish lead the overall series 42-29-5, and the school has one of the most storied streak-ending histories in all of college sports. In 1957, it was the Irish who ended Oklahoma's 57-game winning streak, longest in college football history. In 1974, the Irish basketball squad stopped the most storied streak in all of college sports history, UCLA's 88-game winning streak. In 1988, in the famous "Catholics vs. Convicts" football game, the Irish halted Miami's 36-game streak with an epic 31-30 victory. In both '94 and early this year, the ND women got in on the act, halting North Carolina's longest-ever women's soccer win streak at 92 games, and UConn's women's basketball team's 112-game home winning streak. Who knows what will happen today, but the stage once again seems set for the Irish football squad to "Wake Up the Echoes".