Most teams in the national title chase were celebrating when USC lost to Oregon State. Notre Dame and Cal were the two teams that weren't. Both already controlled their own destiny when it came to beating the Trojans, so the SC loss didn't gain any new opportunities for them. But it did ensure that beating Pete Carroll's team now will have a little less luster then was the case at this time last week.
While this isn't devastating to the Irish hopes of sneaking back into the title game, it was an extra hit they didn't need. Already in a fight with one-loss teams like Texas, Florida and Auburn, Notre Dame is also starting to suffer in the polls.
Ohio State continues its tuneup run to the big battle with Michigan. And the groundscrew is in on the act. OSU will re-sod the fabled Horseshoe for the November 18 game, ensuring that the year's biggest game will be played on the best possible surface.
Michigan struggled offensively in beating Northwestern. Mark Snyder of The Detroit Free Press writes that the Wolverines must take a step back in the right direction this week when they play lowly Ball State.