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Trojans' finishing flurry
|2002||ND led 13-10||34-0 USC run|
|2003||tied at 14||31-0 USC run|
|2004||ND led 10-3||38-0 USC run|
College GameDay Final's Trev Alberts, Mark May and Rece Davis weigh in with their biggest impressions from Saturday's action.
For the fourth time in seven years, the BCS is going to be a colossal failure. Not only will an undefeated team from a big-time conference be left out of the championship game, but a 10-1 Texas team is going to be out of the BCS mix altogether. The BCS may only have been designed to put the top two teams against each other, but if it's going to pretend that all four games are important, then the best eight teams should be playing in those games.
Everyone talks about the USC offense, but the adjustments Pete Carroll and his defensive staff consistently make at halftime may be the most impressive thing about this team. Not only have they been doing it all season, but this was the third straight year they shut out Notre Dame in the second half. This USC team is very good on both sides of the ball, and that's why it's the No. 1 team in the nation.
The Trojans have been doing it so long now that I've come to expect it. They remind me of a top-notch basketball team with their ability to go on big scoring runs in short periods of time and turn a close game into a rout. Whenever the opponent turns the ball over or misses a scoring opportunity, you can almost sense that it might be the critical mistake that ends the game. To beat USC, a team must not only be good ... it must also be resilient.