Saturday, September 16, 2006

"It Speaks For Itself, This Game"

Second ranked Notre Dame faces eleventh ranked Michigan.

There was so much bad blood between the two schools that they played each other only twice from 1909 to 1977. Since 1978, though, they have met in all but six years.

The teams are 1-2 in wins and winning percentage in college football. For years, Michigan (2-0) had the most wins and Notre Dame (2-0) had the best winning percentage. The Wolverines -- who taught Notre Dame students the game back in 1887 -- passed the Irish in winning percentage two years ago. Now the two programs are divided by less than a percentage point -- just .0006658 to be exact.

That means Notre Dame can reclaim the lead with a win Saturday.

But this rivalry is about more than numbers.

The schools battle it out more than just on the football field. Michigan claims "Hail to the Victors" -- which Weis hates -- is the most recognizable in college football. Notre Dame claims the most recognizable song is the "Notre Dame Victory March."

Michigan says it is the most televised college football program in NCAA history with 358 appearances. Notre Dame says it has appeared on network television more times than any other school with 280 airings.

The two schools, about 175 miles apart, can't agree on much of anything, so it's no surprise they took different approaches to this week's game. While Notre Dame players were taking the it's-just-another-game attitude, the Wolverines weren't concerned about talking about how big the game is Saturday.

Eagles Seek Sixteenth 3-0 Start

Raj’s alma mater opposes BYU.

No. 23 Boston College hopes to have less drama on Saturday when it hosts BYU in a non-conference matchup.

The Eagles (2-0) needed a late interception from Brian Toal to hold off Central Michigan, 31-24, in their season-opening contest, then outlasted Clemson in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener last weekend, 34-33, in double overtime.

For Their Ranking

Twenty-fifth ranked Penn State faces Youngstown State.

No. 25 Penn State tries to shake off a thorough defeat when it takes on Division I-AA Youngstown State on Saturday.

Inquirer: A Shared Mission

Philadelphia Inquirer implores bipartisan security.

On Thursday, the Senate overcame an amendment frenzy to improve port and rail security. Before session's end, Congress is poised to safeguard chemical plants. Progress is possible, but only if leaders stop the kind of political sniping typified Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.): "Let's see if they vote against this." Partisan threats won't improve safety.

Security is an ongoing challenge as threats evolve. America needs a clear - and shared - protective mission.