USC Trojans (6-1) at Notre Dame (5-1)
How to Watch:
Start time: Saturday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. PST
Location: Notre Dame Stadium - South Bend, Indiana
Radio: Tune in
Live Streaming: NBC Live
We might not be 100% Certain how this all started, but we’re glad it did:
The USC Trojans take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this afternoon in South Bend, Indiana, This classic rivalry game has plenty on the line today. It is a playoff eliminator game, and it also may shape or define the season for both schools.
The history of this game is legendary and a staple of college football lore even if the origins may be a bit disputed. Some say the game resulted from a conversation between the wives of Knute Rockne and USC athletic director Gywnn Wilson. Others say it was the result of famous Michigan coach Fielding Yost lobbying all of the members of the Big Ten to stop playing Notre Dame. Yost may or may not have seriously hated people of the Catholic faith, allegedly. In any event a huge chunk of the major programs in the midwest would not play Notre Dame so they went elsewhere to find opponents and happened upon USC.
Thank You to Knute Rockne and Howard Jones:
After the 1924 season USC approached Rockne about taking over the head coaching job at USC, he declined, but did suggest they look into his old friend Howard Jones. Jones of course did take the USC job and established the Trojans as a nationally dominant football program.
Jones and Rockne were effectively the Nick Saban and Urban Meyer of the time, establishing the game as the greatest intersectional rivalry and setting their respective programs down a path filled with National Championships, Heisman Trophy winners, College and NFL Hall of Fame members and so much more that has all led up to today.
Injuries, odds and other important Game information for the 2017 USC vs. Notre Dame Game
Probable but not 100%: RB Ronald Jones II, OL Chuma Edoga, OL Toa Lobendahn DL Rasheem Green, TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, CB Isaiah Langley,
Out For Game: DL Josh Fatu, RB Stephen Carr, OLB Porter Gustin, OLB Hunter Echols, OT Nathan Smith, Damon Johnson
Out for season: LB Tayler Katoa, OL Viane Talamaivao, CB Jonathan Lockett, DL Marlon Tuipulotu, DL Kenny Bigelow, S Isaiah Pola-Mao, CB Greg Johnson, WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young, K Michael Brown
Notre Dame Injuries:
Probable: RB Josh Adams, RB Tony Jones, RB Dexter Williams
Out For the Game: LB Greer Martini
Out for season: DL Daniel Cage, WR Freddy Canteen, DL Elijah Taylor
Vegas Odds: USC +4, O/U 63.5
FPI Matchup Predictor: USC 21.7% chance to win
S&P+ Score Prediction: USC-26 Notre Dame-32
Massey Prediction: USC-30 Notre Dame-34. USC with an 37% chance to win.
CFP Predictions Composite: USC loses by 5
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