In 1927, USC played Notre Dame before 120,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The night before the game, an event was held to hype the game and it featured baseball legends Babe Ruth (in a Notre Dame jersey) and Lou Gehrig (in a USC jersey).
Lou Gehrig in a USC jersey!
The event also promoted the Stanford-Yale game, which is why Stanford coach Glenn “Pop” Warner (far left) is in the picture along with Irish coach Knute Rockne (center next to Ruth) and USC coach Howard Jones (second from the right). Yale coach Tad Jones (far right, younger brother of Howard) and baseball agent Christy Walsh (center, left of Gehrig), who organized the event.
Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is 100 percent for the USC game, according to Irish coach Brian Kelly. Wimbush has not played since Sept. 30 after hurting his foot. The Irish had a bye last week. Did you know USC does not have a regular-season bye?
The state of Washington imploded last weekend and the Pac-12 is picking up the pieces. I look at the Pac-12’s playoff chances, some frustration with Larry Scott and a big loss for the conference in my column here.
I think the most important play against Utah was Sam Darnold’s 10-yard completion to Tyler Vaughns on fourth-and-9. The odds are not great on fourth-and-9 especially after USC runs a pitch play on third-and-10 for a 1-yard gain.
But Darnold and Vaughns made it work. If they didn’t, would USC have won the game? I’m not sure.
Why did USC burn timeouts against Utah? I’m told it’s because the wrong players were on the field. Why didn’t Randal Grimes play against Utah after his redshirt year got burned? I don’t know the answer to that one.
Time for the grades from the USC-Utah thriller at the Coliseum.
The butter-fingered fumbles are becoming a weekly tradition. But who would you rather have directing the second-half comeback? You think the magic is coming from the three-headed monster (The Heltons, Tee Martin) calling plays? Sam Darnold might make mistakes but he is the reason USC is 6-1.