How much would Goux love this?

Marv had a special place in his heart for Notre Dame and this match-up would have brought a smile to his face as he walked up and down the sideline, hunched over with his cane, giving constant encouragement to the Men of Troy.

The USC Trojans battling the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in front of a sold out Coliseum crowd on the last Saturday in November. Both teams experiencing terrific seasons coming into the game ranked among the top ten squads in the nation. Somewhere Marv Goux is smiling. Marv loved USC vs Notre Dame. To him it was the one game that mattered above all else because it was the best testing themselves against the best. Big man on Big man. Mano a Mano. It is always a huge game no matter what but it means so much more when both teams are doing well, it's just not the same when one is cruising and beats up on the other, it's nice but it's not the same.

Saturday will mark the first time since 1988 that these two teams have met with national implications on the line. On that day the Irish came into the Coliseum ranked #1 in the nation and the #2 ranked Trojans were coming off an emotional win over UCLA which earned them an invitation to the Rose Bowl as Pac-10 champions. Notre Dame got the better of USC in that game but, according to former USC wide receiver John Jackson, this years team has one distinct advantage over the 1988 squad following the easy victory over the Bruins last week.

"People don't understand how much it took out of us to play for two titles in two weeks, first it was #5 ranked UCLA with Troy Aikman and all the hype surrounding Rodney and the measles," said Jackson. "After winning that game the emotions were so high and it seemed like the following week was a blur and all of a sudden the ND game was upon us before we knew it. We never got in synch offensively, Lou Holtz did a great job of preparing new defensive schemes, and that is the one game in my career that I wish we could play all over again because I still think we had the better team."

Pete Carroll has done a tremendous job of keeping the team focused after the drubbing of the Bruins. His Trojan team went immediately back to work in the normal game week fashion to prepare for battle with the Irish and the preparation by Carroll, and Ty Willingham on the other side, is a major reason why these two teams once again have the opportunity to compete in such a meaningful game. Carroll and Willingham have taken charge of programs that had lost a little bit of luster in recent years but these two hard-working guys have imposed their will on their respective teams and it shows. It's ironic that neither man was the first choice as head coach when the last coaching change was made because the alumni and fans of both schools are now completely sold that each has the right man to get the job done.

Oh for the opportunity to see Goux pacing the sidelines on Saturday. Marv developed a special relationship with Carroll in the time before his passing this summer and how proud he would have been to see the Trojans play this year. A USC defense playing with passion and fire, a Trojan team that executes and knows how to block and tackle. He would have loved it. Marv also would have shown respect for the way the Irish are playing. He had a special place in his heart for Notre Dame and this match-up would have brought a smile to his face as he walked up and down the sideline, hunched over with his cane, giving constant encouragement to the Men of Troy.

It's not like he won't be there at all. This USC team has honored Goux with a sticker on the back of their helmets all season and that memorial will mean just a little bit more for this game. Former USC offensive lineman Mike Lamb commented on how appropriate it is that the Trojans have played the type of football worthy of having the Goux name on their helmets. Now comes the time when they will test themselves against the team Marv Goux loved to play and we know he will settle in with Coach McKay and Giles to grab a good seat for this epic battle. This one's for you, Marv, let's go beat the Irish.
The USC Trojans battling the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in front of a sold out Coliseum crowd on the last Saturday in November. Both teams experiencing terrific seasons coming into the game ranked among the top ten squads in the nation. Somewhere Marv Goux is smiling. Marv loved USC vs Notre Dame. To him it was the one game that mattered above all else because it was the best testing themselves against the best. Big man on Big man. Mano a Mano. It is always a huge game no matter what but it means so much more when both teams are doing well, it's just not the same when one is cruising and beats up on the other, it's nice but it's not the same.

Saturday will mark the first time since 1988 that these two teams have met with national implications on the line. On that day the Irish came into the Coliseum ranked #1 in the nation and the #2 ranked Trojans were coming off an emotional win over UCLA which earned them an invitation to the Rose Bowl as Pac-10 champions. Notre Dame got the better of USC in that game but, according to former USC wide receiver John Jackson, this years team has one distinct advantage over the 1988 squad following the easy victory over the Bruins last week.

"People don't understand how much it took out of us to play for two titles in two weeks, first it was #5 ranked UCLA with Troy Aikman and all the hype surrounding Rodney and the measles," said Jackson. "After winning that game the emotions were so high and it seemed like the following week was a blur and all of a sudden the ND game was upon us before we knew it. We never got in synch offensively, Lou Holtz did a great job of preparing new defensive schemes, and that is the one game in my career that I wish we could play all over again because I still think we had the better team."

Pete Carroll has done a tremendous job of keeping the team focused after the drubbing of the Bruins. His Trojan team went immediately back to work in the normal game week fashion to prepare for battle with the Irish and the preparation by Carroll, and Ty Willingham on the other side, is a major reason why these two teams once again have the opportunity to compete in such a meaningful game. Carroll and Willingham have taken charge of programs that had lost a little bit of luster in recent years but these two hard-working guys have imposed their will on their respective teams and it shows. It's ironic that neither man was the first choice as head coach when the last coaching change was made because the alumni and fans of both schools are now completely sold that each has the right man to get the job done.

Oh for the opportunity to see Goux pacing the sidelines on Saturday. Marv developed a special relationship with Carroll in the time before his passing this summer and how proud he would have been to see the Trojans play this year. A USC defense playing with passion and fire, a Trojan team that executes and knows how to block and tackle. He would have loved it. Marv also would have shown respect for the way the Irish are playing. He had a special place in his heart for Notre Dame and this match-up would have brought a smile to his face as he walked up and down the sideline, hunched over with his cane, giving constant encouragement to the Men of Troy.

It's not like he won't be there at all. This USC team has honored Goux with a sticker on the back of their helmets all season and that memorial will mean just a little bit more for this game. Former USC offensive lineman Mike Lamb commented on how appropriate it is that the Trojans have played the type of football worthy of having the Goux name on their helmets. Now comes the time when they will test themselves against the team Marv Goux loved to play and we know he will settle in with Coach McKay and Giles to grab a good seat for this epic battle. This one's for you, Marv, let's go beat the Irish.
The USC Trojans battling the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in front of a sold out Coliseum crowd on the last Saturday in November. Both teams experiencing terrific seasons coming into the game ranked among the top ten squads in the nation. Somewhere Marv Goux is smiling. Marv loved USC vs Notre Dame. To him it was the one game that mattered above all else because it was the best testing themselves against the best. Big man on Big man. Mano a Mano. It is always a huge game no matter what but it means so much more when both teams are doing well, it's just not the same when one is cruising and beats up on the other, it's nice but it's not the same.

Saturday will mark the first time since 1988 that these two teams have met with national implications on the line. On that day the Irish came into the Coliseum ranked #1 in the nation and the #2 ranked Trojans were coming off an emotional win over UCLA which earned them an invitation to the Rose Bowl as Pac-10 champions. Notre Dame got the better of USC in that game but, according to former USC wide receiver John Jackson, this years team has one distinct advantage over the 1988 squad following the easy victory over the Bruins last week.

"People don't understand how much it took out of us to play for two titles in two weeks, first it was #5 ranked UCLA with Troy Aikman and all the hype surrounding Rodney and the measles," said Jackson. "After winning that game the emotions were so high and it seemed like the following week was a blur and all of a sudden the ND game was upon us before we knew it. We never got in synch offensively, Lou Holtz did a great job of preparing new defensive schemes, and that is the one game in my career that I wish we could play all over again because I still think we had the better team."

Pete Carroll has done a tremendous job of keeping the team focused after the drubbing of the Bruins. His Trojan team went immediately back to work in the normal game week fashion to prepare for battle with the Irish and the preparation by Carroll, and Ty Willingham on the other side, is a major reason why these two teams once again have the opportunity to compete in such a meaningful game. Carroll and Willingham have taken charge of programs that had lost a little bit of luster in recent years but these two hard-working guys have imposed their will on their respective teams and it shows. It's ironic that neither man was the first choice as head coach when the last coaching change was made because the alumni and fans of both schools are now completely sold that each has the right man to get the job done.

Oh for the opportunity to see Goux pacing the sidelines on Saturday. Marv developed a special relationship with Carroll in the time before his passing this summer and how proud he would have been to see the Trojans play this year. A USC defense playing with passion and fire, a Trojan team that executes and knows how to block and tackle. He would have loved it. Marv also would have shown respect for the way the Irish are playing. He had a special place in his heart for Notre Dame and this match-up would have brought a smile to his face as he walked up and down the sideline, hunched over with his cane, giving constant encouragement to the Men of Troy.

It's not like he won't be there at all. This USC team has honored Goux with a sticker on the back of their helmets all season and that memorial will mean just a little bit more for this game. Former USC offensive lineman Mike Lamb commented on how appropriate it is that the Trojans have played the type of football worthy of having the Goux name on their helmets. Now comes the time when they will test themselves against the team Marv Goux loved to play and we know he will settle in with Coach McKay and Giles to grab a good seat for this epic battle. This one's for you, Marv, let's go beat the Irish.

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