"Oklahoma and USC were in this exact same position last season and a couple of little things called Stanford and Colorado came along. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.” USC was 6-0 and on a roll in 2006 before stumbling 33-31 at Oregon State. In 2007, OU and USC were both 4-0 before choking against inferior foes. The Sooners lost 27-24 at Colorado. The Trojans lost at home 24-23 to a Stanford team that was a 42-point underdog and using its backup quarterback. OU and USC need to finish what they've started this season. If we indeed are headed for an Orange Bowl rematch between the Sooners and Trojans, hopefully it'll be far more competitive. "As Barry Switzer told me last year, ‘Bob (Stoops) knows who won the game,' but what memories we could rehash about that last Orange Bowl romp,” said Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times. Advancing to Miami would give OU a chance to redeem itself from its last national championship embarrassment. USC also failed in its last title game appearance, losing 41-38 to Texas three seasons ago in perhaps the greatest college game ever played. "Both mega-talented programs want to show they still have it,” Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com said of the Sooners and Trojans. "If a rematch occurs, will the outcome be different? Who knows? But if each is unbeaten and playing for the BCS title, I think USC will be favored by seven or fewer points.” Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com said, "I think Oklahoma is very, very good. It doesn't look like an obvious mismatch. If that's not damning the Sooners with faint praise, I don't know what is.” And the winner? "It will be USC in a nail biter,” said analyst and former coach Terry Bowden of Yahoo! Sports. Here's hoping we get to find out.
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