The USC Trojans head to South Bend this weekend for their annual tilt with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Ahead of the game, one USC player decided to do some friendly trash-talking.
Speaking with the media this week, USC senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. had some advice for the younger players. He told them to expect it to ‘suck’ playing in the cold in Indiana. But he also said it would be “fun when we’re running up the score.”
USC is far from expected to even win the game, let alone be in a position to run up the score. The Trojans head into this game as 10.5-point underdogs head into South Bend.
Pittman was a part of the last USC team that beat the Irish. He watched from the sidelines as Sam Darnold led the team to a 45-27 win over Notre Dame in 2016.
Michael Pittman Jr. was asked what advice he gave to younger players vs. Notre Dame: "I told them to embrace the suck,” he said. "It’s going to be cold. But it’ll be fun when we’re running up the score."
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) October 9, 2019
But since that win, beating Notre Dame at all has proven tough for USC. The Irish have since beaten the Trojans in back-to-back years and won five of their last seven in the rivalry series.
Overall, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is 6-3 against USC in his nine years at the helm.
Notre Dame comes into this game 4-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming to No. 3 Georgia. USC, on the other hand, is 3-2 and losers of two of their last three games. Both losses came on the road.
It would certainly be a surprise if USC can live up to Michael Pittman’s prediction.