Notre Dame vs. USC: Score, highlights and live updates in Saturday’s rivalry game

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. 

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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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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.