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USC Will Need To Beat Notre Dame To Become Bowl Eligible

usc starting quarterback jt daniels against ucla

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans scrambles out of the pocket during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

When Notre Dame and USC meet next Saturday, there will be a great deal on the line for both schools. The Fighting Irish will be fighting for a College Football Playoff spot. The Trojans will be fighting just to play in a bowl game.

USC, after an ugly loss to rival UCLA, is now just 5-6 on the season. The Trojans gave up nearly 500 yards to the Bruins, who had just two wins on the season coming into the contest.

As a result, USC will need to beat its other big rival - Notre Dame - in next week's contest to finish with a 6-6 mark and become bowl eligible. It's a tall task, considering the Fighting Irish are currently 11-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation.

If you're wondering, it's been a long, long time since USC didn't win six games in a season. While the school has dealt with bowl bans, they haven't actually lost seven games in a season since back in 2000. Paul Hackett was the coach then.

Clay Helton, in his first two seasons, finished with records of 10-3 and 11-3. It'll be interesting to see how the schools handles what has to be considered a down year.

Notre Dame and USC will square off at 8:00 PM ET next Saturday.