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Lane Kiffin has support of Chip Kelly heading into game against Notre Dame

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For Notre Dame, the path to the BCS championship game is simple. Beat USC and the Irish are in. For No. 2 Alabama, the path is also simple, albeit a bit longer. Beat Auburn and then Georgia in the SEC championship game (likewise, the Bulldogs also have a straight shot to the BCS title). All other teams still in the title discussion need help.

Which is why others are sending messages of support to Trojans coach Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin said via the LA Times that he received text messages this week from an Alabama assistant — according to Kiffin, Nick Saban apparently doesn’t know how to text — and Oregon coach Chip Kelly. 

He said we’re going to win,” Kiffin said of Kelly’s message.

The Ducks are ranked No. 5 in the BCS and would need losses by Florida (to Florida State), Notre Dame (to USC) and either Georgia (to Georgia Tech) or Alabama (to Auburn) to have another shot at a BCS championship — and that’s not including the help Oregon needs within the Pac-12 just to get to its conference title game.

Better get texting, Chip.

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28 Responses to “Lane Kiffin has support of Chip Kelly heading into game against Notre Dame”
  1. irishking says: Nov 22, 2012 9:45 PM

    It’s funny how the has-been teams are cheering USC on.

  2. raysfan1 says: Nov 22, 2012 9:52 PM

    Picking nits here maybe, but Georgia’s path to the championship game is just as straightforward as Alabama’s–beat GA Tech, beat ‘Bama, and they’re in. I agree it’s tougher for them because I think ‘Bama is better, but they do nonetheless control their own destiny.

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Nov 22, 2012 9:54 PM

    Yes, failed to mention the Dawgs. I blame the post-Thanksgiving power nap. That’s been changed.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 22, 2012 10:01 PM

    Maybe Chip can help Kiffin call plays, that’s the kind of support he needs.

  5. timh1955 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:02 PM

    Bama will easily beat Auburn and Georgia as they (Bama) are far superior to either team.

  6. addict2sport says: Nov 22, 2012 10:06 PM

    As a USC fan, I wish Kiffin would make more effort to stay out of the news. Keep quiet and coach your team up. I’ve tried giving him the benefit of the doubt and tried sticking up for him for so long. It’s exhausting.

  7. jgater1981 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:06 PM

    Hey Notre Dame defense. Chip Kelly just said you’re going to lose. Oh, and Kiffin took your bike seat. Go on with your day.

  8. garyterp says: Nov 22, 2012 10:42 PM

    I guess this means tat at least Chip Kelly won’t be firing Lane Kiffen.

  9. iamjimmyjack says: Nov 22, 2012 10:44 PM

    Winning against number 1 Notre dame would make me happier than playing in the rose bowl. Seriously. Call me crazy but I hate Notre dame.

  10. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:05 PM

    Go condoms.

  11. dadawg77 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:10 PM

    GA or Bama will lose once more this season. So Oregon only needs FLA to lose to FSU and ND to lose this week and they are in the NC.

  12. normtide says: Nov 22, 2012 11:50 PM

    Addict- I think your right. Instead of making small talk with reporters, how about you actually Gameplan.

  13. frank booth says: Nov 22, 2012 11:59 PM

    timh1955 says:Nov 22, 2012 10:02 PM

    Bama will easily beat Auburn and Georgia as they (Bama) are far superior to either team.
    In the same manner that they beat Texas A&M?

  14. mattypbillsmafia says: Nov 23, 2012 1:17 AM

    What does kiffins wife have to say?

  15. rsmeans says: Nov 23, 2012 6:08 AM

    ND, Alabama or UGA will beat anyone from the irrelevant flag football PAC 12 conference. None of the PAC12 teams could play good defense against a division two team.

  16. neauxgeaux44 says: Nov 23, 2012 7:14 AM

    I love the idiots above who think Bama will roll over Georgia…just not going to happen….delusional gumps….hate both The Puppies and the Gumps aka Redneck Bammers, but the only blowout would be crafted by GA….

  17. norcalirish says: Nov 23, 2012 7:20 AM

    Man, I hope kiffin stays at that school down south forever.

  18. waynefontes says: Nov 23, 2012 9:35 AM

    I bet Chip Kelly supports Lane Kiffin staying at USC for a long, long time.

  19. pjduffey says: Nov 23, 2012 11:05 AM

    “rsmeans says:
    Nov 23, 2012 6:08 AM
    ND, Alabama or UGA will beat anyone from the irrelevant flag football PAC 12 conference. None of the PAC12 teams could play good defense against a division two team.”

    Completely disagree. Recall Oregon’s performance in the 2010 NC game against Auburn (i.e. against Cam Newton). Held them to 19 points which is more than I can say for the SEC teams they played that year (luckily my Gators didn’t play them in 2010).

    I’m not so sure about Oregon’s defense this year after the debacle at USC, but I do think that USC has a pretty damn good offense so it wasn’t like they were gouged by some girl scout troop in the ACC (*cough* FSU *cough*).

    In any event, while the PAC12 isn’t exactly known for defensive prowess, they have a few teams that get the job done. Great conference overall, in my opinion.

    Also, while I think Bama would roll over Oregon (that would be the NC game I’d like to watch from a football standpoint), I think that Oregon wins against either ND or Ga. And does so fairly decisively against ND.

  20. slartibartfast4242 says: Nov 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    [quote]I blame the post-Thanksgiving power nap…[/quote]

    Is that how we refer to getting drunk now?

  21. pudgalvin says: Nov 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    @pjduffey: Notre Dame beat Stanford. Stanford beat Oregon. Oregon wins pretty decisively against ND? How so?

  22. slartibartfast4242 says: Nov 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    quote fail!!!

    we know the one still drunk…

  23. hor2012 says: Nov 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    I wish they would have started the playoffs with 8 teams this year. That would pretty much settle all of this without debate, except of 9, 10,11 of course lol

  24. billmead1976 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:58 PM

    Most coaches in College Football are cheering Lane Freaking Kiffin on because they know that as long as he is at USC, USC will only be marginally relevant.

    You wouldn’t want Chris Petterson or Nick Saban to land at USC.

  25. irishking says: Nov 23, 2012 8:26 PM

    Get ready sports fans. Notre Dame will deliver a shocking blow to the Trojans that will be remembered for the ages.

  26. ezwriter69 says: Nov 23, 2012 10:47 PM

    Newsflash irishking, the number one team in the nation beating an unranked four loss team is not exactly a shocking blow… IF they manage to beat them at all.

    And the genius who wrote this article apparently doesn’t realize, Bama and UGA will be playing in the SEC title game, one of them pretty much has to lose… loser dude must be not just an SEC homer, but a graduate as well…

  27. jvsteelers says: Nov 23, 2012 11:15 PM

    USC could come away with a win but it’s doubtful-especially without Barkley.

  28. irishking says: Nov 24, 2012 7:32 AM

    You are right about the Trojans being a disappointing 4 loss team this season but they have a well established track record of playing ND as if they were undefeated. It’s going to be USC’s bowl game tonight and I expect them to try to pull out all the stops. It will be up to Notre Dame’s defense to contain their passing attack and keep everything in front of them much as they did when they played Oklahoma. Should be a great game and I can hardly wait for kickoff.

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