All schools have stereotypical bandwagon fans. Well, at least schools that win (sorry Cal). For college football’s classic programs like Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio State, fan bases with pockets of uninformed caricatures is expected. It’s no different for USC and Notre Dame, who will meet for the 84th time this Saturday in the country’s most iconic and traditional inter-sectional college football rivalry.
Notre Dame is both America’s most loved and hated college football program. From having a sweet deal with BCS, to national and exclusive broadcast rights, to the inclusion of religion, and the lush admiration of tradition with a stress on academic integrity, there’s reasons for both the cheering and jeering of the Fighting Irish. For USC, the Trojans have a long history of going big or going home, with Heisman winners, song girls and a band with swagger, they are a great bandwagon candidate to hop on, in addition to being a poster child for arrogance and angst.
Both schools are iconic. Both have fan bases that reach far and wide. Plus there’s the fact that every office in a America this week probably has a stereotypical Notre Dame fan eager to talk about the Fighting Irish’s chance at national championship. For the offices that may have an equally stereotypical USC fan, the scene probably looks a lot like this:
Note: We hope that you’re not like either of these guys.