Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Thursday, November 9

Let Weis Worry, Bring On USC

Are you ready to start thinking about USC? Do you just blow past the next two weeks with Air Force and Army to ponder the game that will REALLY impact Notre Dame's postseason future?

Well, that's fine with you, but don't bother Charlie Weis about such nonsense. He's very much focused on the present, which starts with Saturday's game at Air Force. The Nov. 25 game at USC might as well come in the next century.

"We are not talking about USC," Weis said. "We will not even breathe one word about USC until it gets to that week. We will just be talking about Air Force."

A cynic could argue that Air Force is mediocre and Army is worse and let's get the hype going. Weis doesn't bite.

"We don't think that way. We don't talk that way. We know that game is three weeks away. We're cognizant of that fact. It isn't like we're oblivious to it. We know what they are.

"We lose to Air Force, lose to Army, think about how much less importance that game will have. You better be worrying about Air Force. That's what we will be worrying about."

And us? We don't worry. We second guess.


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