What a great time of year, right? Every sports-lover’s dream. MLB Playoffs, NFL, NBA, and College Football. The best part in all this are the rivalries. No rivalry in all of college football is better than USC vs Notre Dame.
A rivalry full of National Championships, Heisman Trophy winners, All-Americans, Hall of Famers, and NFL superstars, this one always makes itself known with the rest of the college football world.
This year is a little better than most, at least for Irish fans. In the Brian Kelly era, this is one of the highest ranked games cumulatively for both teams. USC comes into Saturday ranked #11 via the AP POLL, and the Irish are #13 via the AP POLL. I was lucky enough to go to the game two years ago in South Bend, and it didn’t disappoint. WOW. The environment, fans, and experience is something that you don’t forget. If you don’t think so, here’s proof.
Now with this said, this year I will be watching from home with the hopes to have a number of “sodas” in my hand celebrating a win.
Rest and Recovery Week
That is what I call the bye week. Luckily, the Fightin’ Irish took full advantage of this. The Irish needed some time to get a few key players back to full health. Wimbush, Williams, and Jones Jr. all needed the week to recover and ensure they were 💯% for USC.
USC needed some of their own. After barely sneaking by with a W against Utah, their Defensive Line has been plagued by injuries this season.
The good news? The biggest matchup between these two in the last 7 years is in South Bend. For this series, that means no traveling across the country and adjusting to a different climate during the fall season as well.
Prediction 35-28, Notre Dame. I’m excited to watch both offenses showcase themselves and move up and down the field. I also am curious to see how each defense pans out over the course of the game.
Notre Dame’s rush attack will be the difference within the game, as they can control the clock and still be able to score effectively. Look for Josh Adams to keep his historic rushing season alive worth another 100 yard rush game.
For the best rivalry, or one of, in college football, there will be a lot of fans outside of the two schools watching this game. And for good reason.
To show my bias for tomorrow night’s showdown, I’ll leave you with this.