If you've ever been flipping through the channels on a Saturday afternoon looking for that killer matchup between two top ranked teams but couldn't find it because instead NBC was broadcasting Notre Dame vs. Army then you know the answer to this question.
Notre Dame is probably the most hated college football team in America. And for good reason. Although most of those reasons are beyond Notre Dame’s control. Wouldn’t any school kill for the kind of coverage they get? The Gipper was a long time ago. Let it go. For the good of the country. Please.
But again, it’s not really their fault. And in fact, if you’ve ever been to a game in South Bend, you know that they might have the best fans in the country. Even if you’re decked out in the opposing teams colors they are determined to put a beer in your hand. It’s literally the exact opposite experience from going to an Oregon game in Eugene where they’re more apt to pour a beer over your head than put one in your hand. God I hate Oreon.
So while I’ll be rooting my little Husky heart out for the Dawgs on Saturday and I’ll be annoyed the next time I’m stuck watching Notre Dame play some damned Academy school - Notre Dame fan, this Bud’s for you.
I’m not making any predictions as that would only serve cosmically somehow to backfire. But, here is what has to happen for the Huskies to leave South Bend with a W.
1. ND goes into the game with a run heavy game plan and looks more like USC did 2 weeks ago than Stanford did last week.
2. Charlie Weis just looks heavy with his pants up to his nipples. He’s the poster boy against gastric bypass. It clearly doesn’t work. Get on the Jared diet already.
3. Mason Foster and Donald Butler lead an impressive defensive effort frustrating Jimmy Clausen all day long.
4. Charlie Weis eats Jimmy Clausen during a TV timeout late in the third quarter.
5. Jake Locker is allowed to be a little more like the Jake Locker of 2007 instead of being forced into the Plamer/Leinart/Sanchez mold and runs for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns on top of throwing for 230 and 1 TD.
Huskies win 31-28 for the first time in 8 tries against the Golden Domers.