Today is the 40th anniversary of USC’s 24-14 victory over No. 1-ranked Alabama at Legion Field in Birmingham. USC was ranked No. 7 going into the game.
I am mentioning this because it is unfathomable today that USC would go on the road and beat a marquee opponent. In recent years, USC could even go to Boston College and win. Or Texas last weekend. Or beat Alabama, Ohio State or Wisconsin on neutral fields.
These is a pretty good thing to remember because the current USC administration seems to have no interest in whether the program has slipped. If you attended Friday night’s game at the Coliseum, the crowd was not only small, it was quiet and almost apathetic for large parts of the game.
So it’s worth appreciating that big victory over Alabama 40 years ago and wondering what is being done to see if USC can return to that level again?