1. History provides parallels of sort to the possible demise of No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon in their big games this week. No. 2 Oregon, with a quarterback who was the Heisman favorite, lost on the road in November 2007.
LOS ANGELES -- There is nothing quite like a Notre Dame football Saturday in South Bend, and yet in all its beauty and aura, there is something dramatically different when USC comes to this little northern Indiana hamlet.
USC travels to Notre Dame Stadium for a Saturday night showdown in what is one of the nation's top rivalries. Both teams are 4-2 and unranked, but the Trojans appeared to have been granted a new lease on life under interim coach Ed Orgeron, as they topped Arizona in their first game without Lane Kiffin in charge.
about 53 days ago | Matt Fortuna and Ted Miller | USC Trojans
I labored to put these links together. Get it? Get it? Enjoy the holiday. The Big Ten had an underwehlming Week 1 showing, Scott Dochterman writes. Tom Dienhart recaps Week 1 here and here and updates his B1G power rankings.
about 97 days ago | Adam Rittenberg | Penn State Nittany Lions
Notre Dame's biggest rival is USC. Michigan's is Ohio State. Neither is debatable. But the Irish and the Wolverines are two of the three winningest programs in college football history, a pair of Midwestern powers whose annual clashes have, especially as of late, turned in some of the most exciting early-season finishes in college football.
about 98 days ago | Matt Fortuna | Michigan Wolverines