Taking it on faith that Notre Dame's 8-0 record is real

Chris Dufresne takes time out (he gets three per half) each Friday during the season to answer questions on college football. This week's topics include a test between fact and fiction, what's been real (Notre Dame) and what's not (Matt Barkley) and a couple of unusual fish stories.

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Unbuckling the mailbag:

Question: I completely understand that you are the biggest USC honk in the land, but . . . the whole rest of the country is jumping on the ND bandwagon and you are being dragged behind in the dust. When are you going to give the Irish their props and at least admit they are real?

William Trainor

Answer: You should see my bumper-sticker collection: "I don't brake for Leprechauns." "Honk if you hate the NCAA (but love personal foul penalties)." "Baby and vacated BCS title on board!" "My Trojan made honor roll and Pac-12 player of the week."

"My other car is a yacht."

Despite my obvious leanings toward USC, despite having no remote connection to the school or the program, I do begrudgingly give Notre Dame its "props" for not yet having defeated USC this season.

Q: You might want to check out Greg Bishop's piece "This Much Is Clear: Two Undefeated Teams Could Miss Out" in [the Wednesday] New York Times, as I believe this is what you were trying to get across in your adolescent, sophomoric article in [Wednesday's] L.A. Times.

How old are you?


A: You need to understand some subtle differences between the two reporting philosophies. The New York Times' motto is "All the news that's fit to print."

I have always championed the more sophomoric, adolescent motto, "If it's news, it's news to me but bigger news to you."

You think the New York Times would run a mailbag with the kind of letters I receive every week?

Q: See you in the Rose Bowl!!!! Sucker !!!! ND 30, Sooners 13.

Scott Olds

A: I'm not sure the rules would allow Notre Dame to carry this year's potential 12-0 record over to next year, when the Rose Bowl actually hosts the Bowl Championship Series title game.

The BCS title game this year will be in South Florida, hosted by the Orange Bowl. The only way Notre Dame makes it to the Rose Bowl this year is if the Irish don't make the national title game.

So I don't think you want to see me at the Rose Bowl.

Q: Oregon State is just as overrated as MSU (Mississippi State). Fact.

James Carskadon

A: You are a brilliant observer of the collegiate game. Fiction.

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