One of the most irreverent USC blogs on the internet today, Sports by Scondi, has returned to publishing. You should check out his preview of USC and Notre Dame. A brief snippet is below:
“They have no wins against ranked teams. They’ve lost to programs that are having their worst years in recent memory (Stanford, Michigan State, Texas).
Throw out the record when playing rivalry games, but this may be over before it even starts. With a win, Notre Dame is eligible for a bowl game due to their APR score. Basically, since they are so good at academics, it erases finishing below .500 as an independent. With a program with so much history and pride, I don’t think they want to add a bowl loss onto a year filled with firings, disappointment, and vacated wins. I know teams don’t give up, but the game is at 12:30 PM. Not THAT many people will be watching. We’d understand.
For USC, a victory would help validate our case for an at-large bowl game if we don’t make it to the conference Championship. If Washington wins the Pac-12 title, and gets into the playoff, USC going to the Rose Bowl seems extremely likely. So don’t expect the Trojans to let off the gas in the final game of the season. Especially given that it will be the last at the Coliseum for so many of them.
Not much on the analysis of Notre Dame. DeShone Kizer is a good quarterback, but besides that, this team is really bad. Throw out the records if you must, but Notre Dame is 4–7. After this week, they will be 4–8.”