Notre Dame vs. USC prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Fighting Irish and Trojans.
USC is the best three-loss team in the country. In some cases that’s a backhanded compliment, but given how the season started, that’s one helluva an accomplishment for Clay Helton’s squad. Notre Dame basically checked out in the fourth quarter last week, ultimately falling to Virginia Tech. The season is mercifully over after these 60 minutes. Trojans win in a romp against a team whose bodies are in LA, but heads are back in South Bend. Factor in the distraction of the recent NCAA penalties levied against Notre Dame, and USC handily takes it.
It’s a rivalry game against USC, so Notre Dame should have no trouble getting up for this one. But it has been a brutal year in South Bend, highlighted by yet another loss last week at home to Virginia Tech. The news this week of academic fraud won’t affect the product on the field, but will the Fighting Irish start to get down on themselves if they get in a hole early? The Trojans have been a different outfit with Sam Darnold at quarterback, and he’ll be able to move the football effectively once again this week. Meanwhile, Irish signal-caller DeShone Kizer will do all he can to help his team hang around. But despite breaking off some big early runs, the USC defensive front will overwhelm in the second half to help the Trojans cruise to a win and put an end to a miserable season for the Irish.
Notre Dame could have a 45-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and somehow blow it this season. Of course that wouldn’t be Brian Kelly’s fault. USC rolls.