Today, Rivals released its way early pre-season Top 25 for 2009 and, lo and behold, our beloved Irish manage to sneak in at #23. While I expect that most Notre Dame fans see the team finishing 2009 higher than that, beginning the season anywhere in the Top 25 would be a solid step forward given how miserable much of 2008 turned out to be.
On another note - yes, I realize that USC is nothing more than a football factory stockpiled with a grotesque collection of blue-chip uber freaks. And, yes, yes, I know that Princess Pete is the Scipio Africanus of college football; dazzling and bedeviling all who are foolhardy enough to take the field against his legions. Still, SC is about to lose their entire defense, their defensive coordinator and, if history has taught us anything, likely several others to the NFL draft, mandatory minimums and the sweet Siren's song of Japanese snuff films; yet they are still ranked #3? God, I don't know what I hate worse, the USC Trojans or the media's endless love affair with them.