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Upset Alert: Notre Dame In Trouble Against USC Early

Ian Book throws a pass for Notre Dame.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Notre Dame, with an 11-0 record, seems close to a lock for the College Football Playoff if it can win its final game against USC. But the Fighting Irish are currently in a lot of trouble on the road against the Trojans.

Through 18 minutes of play, the Fighting Irish have run just nine plays on offense - mostly because their defense can't get off the field. USC currently has a 10-0 lead.

Trojans quarterback J.T. Daniels is already 19-of-22 for 161 yards. Notre Dame is having a very tough time stopping USC's passing attack.

It's early, but USC has looked to be the better team thus far. As a reminder, the Trojans are currently 5-6, fighting for bowl eligibility.

This is the largest deficit the team has faced all season.

Notre Dame was ranked No. 3 in last week's College Football Playoff rankings and likely needs just a win to secure a spot in the event.

There is a lot of time left in this one, but it's fair to say the Fighting Irish are officially on upset alert.