USC idle; Lane Kiffin still center of attention

How dare you make an interesting point!

Well, for one, you could argue that independent Notre Dame is in America's Division, although that probably won't wash with Domer haters.

I could also point out that Notre Dame plays a pretty good schedule that has never included a I-AA opponent but always includes USC.

The Irish have impressive wins this year over Oklahoma and Stanford, and also defeated the same Michigan team that Alabama defeated.

Notre Dame might not play in a conference, but when it gets down to divisions the school has always been divisive.

Q: If you could name one name for Auburn to interview, who would you suggest?

Dan Peck

A: Nick Saban.

Q: Someone figure a bowl matchup between Oregon and Texas A&M already. Can't one lousy bowl game be fun?

David Cohen

A: We could have made that game happen if Texas A&M had stayed in the Big 12 and not left for the SEC.

Oregon is almost certainly headed to the Fiesta Bowl to play the Big 12 champion this year — Kansas State or Oklahoma.

With those two quarterbacks, it wouldn't be a shock to see Oregon vs. Texas A&M next year in the Rose Bowl … for the BCS championship.

Q: Why be such a curmudgeon? Why not celebrate the season?

Bob Ghidotti

A: Being a curmudgeon pays better than being a Cal Pollyanna.

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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