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December 3, 2005

I know ... I know I should not be looking that far ahead, but this bit from SI's Stewart Mandel commenting on the tilt at South Bend got my attention:

True to his billing, Irish savior Charlie Weis devised the perfect plan to beat the thought-to-be-unbeatable Trojans. He ate up clock and yardage with his running game, limiting USC's powerful offense to slightly more than 21 minutes of possession. He exploited the Trojans' two undisputable weaknesses -- cornerbacks John Walker and Justin Wyatt -- with receivers Jeff Samardzija (six catches, 99 yards and a touchdown) and Maurice Stovall (four catches, 43 yards and two drawn interference calls on Walker). Weis took advantage of USC's suspect kick coverage (Tom Zbikowski's 60-yard punt return for touchdown).
I don't think I am too crazy when I say- I will take the group of Lewis, Everrett, Brizell, Cowan, & Kethcum, and Drew/Markey combo led by the DO over dudes with names like Samardzija and Zbikowski any day, any place, any time. Allright back to Oregon State. Again moral victories will not do from here on out ...