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Saturday, Nov. 26, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the USC Trojans. The game, to be played atLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, is slated for a 3:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Notre Dame vs. USC preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, USC wins the matchup between the two teams 85.5% of the time. The spread also favors the Trojans.
Spread: USC -17
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Notre Dame vs. USC preview:
Where to even begin with Notre Dame? The Fighting Irish have just four wins on the season, and only one win against a team with a winning record (Miami 6-4). The season quickly got out of hand for head coach Brian Kelly as Notre Dame dropped three of its first four. With another loss to Virginia Tech last week, the Irish will not be bowl eligible after starting this year with a No. 10 ranking.
How about USC? After a 1-3 start, the Trojans have rattled off seven straight wins, including an upset of Washington, to put the Trojans in the national spotlight once again. A team that was written off early in the season with a blowout loss to Alabama could find itself at the top of the Pac-12.
The Irish and Trojans have played 96 times in history, with the Irish holding a 46-35-5 advantage.
Notre Dame vs. USC prediction:
USC is the surprise of the second half of the college football season. Written off after just four games, the Trojans have dominated opponents en route to seven straight wins and consideration for the College Football Playoff.
A lot would have to happen for the Trojans to sneak in, but no one in country, save for Alabama, is playing as well as the Trojans.
USC will dominate in a very ugly game for the Irish.
USC 42, Notre Dame 17