Make no mistake about it… Jim Harbaugh is the real deal Holyfield when it comes to coaching. After getting out of pro-coaching, Harbaugh became the head coach for our local USD Torreros and took them to two back-to-back Championships before becoming the Stanford head coach.
At the Pacific 10 Conference media day on July 26, 2007, Harbaugh praised the Trojans, stating “There is no question in my mind that USC is the best team in the country and may be the best team in the history of college football.” The declaration, especially in light of his earlier comment, garnered more media attention. Later in the season, Stanford defeated #1 USC 24-23 with a touchdown in the final minute. With USC being the favorite by 41 points, it was statistically the greatest upset in college football history.
Today is Homecoming for the USC family. In order to make it a happy one, the Trojans will have to take this game very seriously. For the first time in years, the Trees are bowl illegible. Stanford has beaten two ranked opponents already, Washington(24) and Oregon(7). The Trojans(11) are the third ranked team Stanford will play this year, but the Trees(25) are the sixth ranked opponent the Trojans will face this year. NO OTHER TEAM IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAS PLAYED SIX RANKED OPPONENTS! That is a credit to the Pac-10 and USC. Granted, The Torjans have lost two games this season… both to currently ranked teams. The BCS computer can manipulate the standings for SEC teams and Big 12 teams all it wants, but in the end the Trojans will have faced the TOUGHEST COLLEGE SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY when all is said and done.
I dare you to take a look at the cream puff schedules Florida, Alabama, and Texas played. There are teams I have never heard of like Louisiana-Monroe, Charleston Southern, FIU, Chattanooga, etc., yet the east coast biased media drools all over them even though they load their schedules with non-BCS teams that couldn’t beat USC’s practice squad.
Well, here’s to a USC victory in the Colosseum on Homecoming. FIGHT ON!