USC will have to pressure quarterback Everett Golson and force him to turn the ball over, if it wants to pull out a victory in the afternoon showdown. The Trojans enter the game having had a disappointing showing last week against UCLA, but they can pick up their spirits and go into the bowl seasons on a high note if they beat the Irish.
However, with Notre Dame coming off three straight losses, if USC loses, there will be a ton of consternation directed at first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Irish haven't been playing well and they are very beat up on the defensive side of the ball. They enter the game without a pair of starting defensive linemen Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones and middle linebacker Joe Schmidt is also out.
The Trojans need to try to test the middle of Notre Dame's defense. That means the young USC offensive line needs to step up rather than display more regression as they have the last couple of weeks.
Time: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. PT
TV: FOX ( Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Molly McGrath)
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Betting Line: USC 7-point favorite; Over/Under: 63 points
Radio: ESPN 710 (Pete Arbogast, John Jackson, Jordan Moore)
Records: Notre Dame 7-4; USC 7-4
Series: Notre Dame leads, 45-35-5
Last meeting: Notre Dame won, 14-7, in South Bend
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