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.

Monday, November 20

Pick Your Top 5

OK, let's say you're an unbiased voter set to pick your top five college football teams. Or even if you are biased. How would you list them? Send it to us and we'll tabulate it and run it. Will it make a difference in the BCS standings? Probably not, but then, it never hurts to try.

In the meantime, there's that little game in Los Angeles to contemplate. Yes, it's about the players, but for many, it's also about the coaches. Here's a few numbers to consider while you're picking your top-5:

USC coach Pete Carroll is 19-0 in November and 63-11 overall. He has never lost by more than 11 points. He's also won 32 straight home games.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is 7-0 in November and has never lost a night game or a true road game.

Bottom line -- the Irish have to crush the Trojans to have a shot at the title game. That likely won't happen. But with a few twists, they could get a rematch against either Michigan or USC in the Rose Bowl. More likely, they'll play Florida or Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

The anticipation is growing. Can you feel it?


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