If it comes down to intangibles, as so many big games do, then there are these things to consider. USC has faced a tougher schedule—its opponents were 49-38-4 compared to 39-41-0 for Ohio State's. USC is at home in the Rose Bowl, going there for the third straight year, which means that its juniors and seniors will be unawed and unannoyed. Woody will try to keep his sophomores calm, sophomores who played only three times away from home this season, all in the Midwest. The Trojans, though calm, will be revved up mentally by the fact that there are still three national championship trophies to be won, those of the AP, the Football Writers and Helms.
The track record of these Trojans over the last two seasons is that when they truly relished playing a game, they win. "That's right," said O.J. the other day. "And we're going to play the best game we've ever played in the Rose Bowl."
Which means USC should win, but remember one thing. Didn't Ernie Nevers outgain the Four Horsemen and the Seven Mules combined and still lose?