It's September 12. The tanned masses from the Left Coast have converged on Columbus. Lights are on in the 'shoe. The Sweater is perfectly pressed for ABC prime time. Pete Carroll's hair looks fantastic, god dammit, and Herbie is practically giving himself an aneurysm trying to sound neutral. Question is, Michigan fan, who you rootin' for?
(I know one Big 10 school's answer:
Okay, the Penn State stuff is the real reason for the post (already anticipating a showdown with the Bucks before fall camp seems a bit premature, no? And wishing a conference rival beat a team this year that you failed to beat last year because your delicate conference ego is bruised seems a tad lame to me.)
So we know PSU's answer. But as I'm bored, how 'bout a little Glamour Mag style multiple choice quiz to find out yours.
"When USC plays OSU ..."
1) "I hope OSU rolls over the Trojans so even the fans from crappy SEC schools like Mississippi State will stop laughing at us."
2) "I'm torn. There's no good choice here."
3) "I'd like it to be a good game, and with time ticking away and OSU fans thinking they've finally stood tall in front of an audience of zillions just as Ronald Johnson hauls in a bomb for a TD and rips their hearts out."
4) "I hope 'SC embarrasses them, because it will nicely complement the LSU and Gator embarrassments I have proudly displayed on the mantle."
If you answered …
#1, you are Jim Delaney's wife and/or Administrative Assistant. Or the equivalent there of.
#2, please report to Will Call and return you're official Michigan Fan i.d. card. In our out, Poncho. Those are your choices.
#3, you're still probably pissed that RoJo packed up for L.A., and you're hoping no one digs up those gracious send offs you gave him on message boards three years ago. You remember. Like "Have fun getting buried on the depth chart, Rojo! You traitor. I hope you get on the field for some mop up time before your junior year!" Or "Carroll's just telling him he's going to get a shot at receiver, blowing some serious smoke. He'll be a corner within a month." Yeah those.
#4, You are the 2nd most interesting man in the world, right behind the guy from the Dos Equis ads.
If you don't like these answers, which you probably won't, go to town with your own.
My hopes: USC multiple score victory. Also, living in SEC country, my take on the typical fan here is that an Ohio State win over 'SC, even a convincing win, won't sway opinion of the Big 10 or the University of Ohio State much.
"Stay thirsty, my friends."