Considering its proximity to Hollywood, you would think the University of Southern California would know how to make a better entrance.
For all it lacks in that department, you must admit that USC has mastered the other end of the equation. The Trojans sure know how to finish with style.
Not only has SC left the field on the winning side for 20 straight games, but it also has been a dominant team in the second half for most of that stretch -- especially against Notre Dame. The Trojans have beaten the Irish by exactly 31 points in each of the last three meetings, all following the same script. Notre Dame has been competitive for a quarter or two, but then USC has imposed its will in dominating fashion.
On Saturday, the Irish led 10-3 about halfway through the second quarter. After that, it was all Trojans. USC scored the final 38 points of the game, just as it scored the final 31 last year and the final 34 in 2002.
The 38 unanswered points included five TD passes by Matt Leinart, who became only the second player ever to throw for five scores against Notre Dame. The first was Pittsburgh's Tyler Palko, who did it way back on Nov. 13, 2004 -- the Irish's previous game.
A 38-0 run is impressive, unless, of course, you're Louisville and score the first 63 points of a game. The Cardinals did just that on Saturday against Cincinnati, cruising to a 70-7 victory. It was the fourth straight game with 55 or more points for Louisville, making it the first team to accomplish that feat since Alabama in 1945. Of course, it didn't seem so novel after Boise State scored 58 against Nevada later in the evening, giving the Broncos their own fourth straight game with 55 points or more.
It's all great news for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, which figures to pit Louisville against Boise State on New Year's Eve, a matchup made possible by Utah's entrance to the BCS. Not only should both teams be ranked in the top 10 of the polls and the BCS, but they also are also likely to enter the game as the top two scoring offenses in the nation.
End Of An Era
All good things must come to an end, and they did for Nebraska with the loss to Colorado on Friday. The Cornhuskers finished the season at 5-6 and snapped two amazing streaks in the process. The longest run of consecutive bowl appearances in history is over at 35, as is the second-longest string of seasons without a losing record (42 straight).
Tulsa's Ashlan Davis took back yet another kickoff for a touchdown against UTEP on Saturday, his fifth this year. It extended his own NCAA record, as the only player ever to have more than three kickoff return TDs in a season.
Back, Bulls and Bowls
Perhaps the best player that most of the country has never seen is DeAngelo Williams of Memphis, who went over 200 yards rushing for the fourth time in his last seven games with a career-high 263 against South Florida. Williams increased his season total to 1,828 yards, which is a Conference USA record.
Memphis beat South Florida 31-15, ending the Bulls' hopes of becoming bowl eligible. USF has never been to a bowl in its brief history, and this could have been the time to do it, since almost every team in the country with six wins will be participating in the postseason. The Pac-10, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten all failed to meet their quotas of eligible teams this year, which means more bids to go around for a conference like the MAC, which currently has three more eligible teams than it has places for within its bowl contracts.
There are 58 Division I-A teams eligible for 56 total bowl spots, but because Clemson and South Carolina removed themselves from bowl consideration last week, it's possible that everyone else with a winning record could be bowl bound. It's just another crazy chapter in what has been an unusual season.
Josh Hyman, Virginia Tech -- 2 TD catches vs. Virginia
Diamond Ferri, Syracuse -- 2 rush TD, 1 INT return for TD vs. Boston College
Cedric Benson, Texas -- 165 rush yds, TD vs. Texas A&M
Matt Leinart, USC -- 400 pass yds, 5 TD vs. Notre Dame
DeAngelo Williams, Memphis -- 263 rush yds, 2 TD vs. South Florida
Ashlan Davis, Tulsa -- 5th kickoff return TD this season vs. UTEP
Cam Hall, Boise State -- 2 INT returns for 116 yds, 1 TD vs. Nevada
Brad Edwards is the research coordinator for College GameDay Final and is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. College GameDay Final airs during the season at Midnight ET.