FOOTBALL OPEN THREAD….As promised, I’m back in time for this week’s Game of the Century?. Just rolled into the driveway half an hour ago, in fact. Needless to say, though, this doesn’t mean any blogging will be done tonight, since my butt will be parked firmly in front of the TV for the next few hours.

My prediction: USC wins by a touchdown or two. Call it ten points. Make your own call in comments, or just engage in random (but sportsmanlike) USC and/or Notre Dame hatred. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try to justify the early season pretensions of Big East fans to the rest of us. Or just tell Thanksgiving stories. Whatever.

See you in a few hours.

HALFTIME UPDATE: A little shaky there in the second quarter, but still looking pretty good for the Trojans. That “touchdown or two” is looking like it’ll end up closer to the two end than the one end.

But if USC wins, will the computers finally give them the respect they need to overtake Michigan as the BCS #2? Or will 2006 be a repeat of the grim digital farce of 2003?

FINAL UPDATE: Well, that was a satisfying score. And how about that final onside kick? All I can say now is: See you in Arizona, Buckeyes. (Computers ? and UCLA ? willing, of course.)

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