Taking Part in USC’s Most Respected Rivalry: The Notre Dame Game
One of most underrated and coolest opportunities that students take advantage of here at ‘SC is the ability to go to away football games. And what better opportunity to do that then by traveling to Chicago and South Bend for the annual USC-Notre Dame game. One of USC’s oldest and most respected rivalry games (the other being UCLA), the USC-Notre Dame game is one of the most exciting games of the season, and to be able to be there on the road with some of my closest friends was definitely one of the best experiences that I have had this semester thus far. While the game itself wasn’t the most exciting (both teams played poorly and we lost), being in Chicago, exploring the city, and taking the USC express train to South Bend with all the alumni, fans and students made for an exceptionally great weekend and was a much needed break from the pressures of classes, homework, and recruiting.
I got into Chicago Friday afternoon and immediately began walking around the windy city. After exploring Chicago and seeing some of the coolest places that it has available Friday night and Saturday morning (such as “The Bean”, Millennium Park, and the city skyline from the river’s vantage point), we loaded up on the train Saturday midday and headed out to ND. (An added bonus of the whole trip was seeing some of my friends who recently graduated who made the trip out as well for the game). Once we arrived on campus, we could no longer hide any excitement for the game and tradition (plus for me, being in the fall weather that I don’t experience in LA was a big plus and reminded me of home). The amazing part to me was the sheer amount of Cardinal and Gold that brightened up campus and the stadium–the Trojan family travels extremely well for away games, which makes it just as exciting to be at an away game because we can still be a force in the stadium.
While the game itself was nothing worth writing home about, being in the environment, cheering for my Trojans, and heckling Irish fans (all in good spirits of course) made me realize that this is a trip that I want to continue to take in years to come. I’ve never felt so much tradition and excitement at an away football game. It was even worth getting back my hotel in Chicago at 2:30am despite having an 8:45am flight back to LA Sunday morning. This past weekend was by far one of the coolest experiences that I’ve had as a Trojan and being able to experience it with so many of my closest friends made the experience/trip that much better, and one that I will hopefully continue to take for years to come. It could be an reunion of sorts for the future. As we still say everyday…Beat the Irish!!!