USC and Notre Dame are set for a big primetime Saturday night matchup.
The Trojans and Fighting Irish square off for the 86th time in the programs’ histories.
Brandon Wimbush returns for No. 13 Notre Dame and will hope to carry the Fighting Irish’s defense over the Trojans and improve to 6-1 on the season, continuing a four-game win streak.
Preseason Heisman favorite Sam Darnold hopes his Trojans can still make a run at a Playoff spot by running the table and claiming the Pac-12 championship.
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Notre Dame vs. USC preview | By Anthony Chiusano
In the only nonconference matchup on this list, USC and Notre Dame square off for the 86th time in the programs’ illustrious histories. The Trojans (6-1) haven’t quite looked as dominant as expected as preseason Heisman favorite Sam Darnold has just a 15:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
But despite laboring through victories against Western Michigan, Texas an Utah — and suffering a three-point loss to Washington State — USC can still make a run at a Playoff spot by running the table and claiming the Pac-12 championship.
Week 8 is no easy task, though, against the streaking Fighting Irish (5-1), winners of four straight. Brandon Wimbush’s return from injury will be a boost for Notre Dame under center, to go along with a potent rushing attack averaging 308 yards per game.
Another advantage for the Irish: They sat out of last week’s craziness with a well-timed bye week. With an extra week of rest, Notre Dame looks for its first ranked win of the season to justify its gradual rise in the polls.