Rivalry Week Notre Dame Vs USC Betting SpreadSportbet.com Staff
Notre Dame travels to Los Angeles to take on USC in what has become one of the signature college football games of the season. Notre Dame and USC will be meeting for the eighty-fourth time with Notre Dame leading the all-time series forty-five games to thirty-eight for USC.
Unfortunately for both teams, there isn’t a whole lot at stake when Notre Dame battles USC this Saturday. Notre Dame, who was a play away from dumping Florida State, has fallen on desperate times while USC goes into this game off of its worst loss of the season. Who will win this historic matchup on Nov. 29?
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at No. 19 USC Trojans
When: Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Betting Line: USC -7
Analyzing The Rivalry Week Notre Dame Vs USC Betting Spread
What happened to Notre Dame? The Fighting Irish was a play away from upsetting Florida State and leapfrogging its way into the College Football Playoff Top 4, but a suspect penalty ended that dream. Still, Notre Dame was ranked eighth and had a shot to be impressive against ASU in the desert. Unfortunately, the Irish committed too many mistakes and lost 31 to 55.
After the loss to ASU, Notre Dame dropped a game 40 to 43 to Northwestern in double-overtime. Then, just last week, the Irish lost straight up to Louisville 28 to 31 as a -3 point favorite. Notre Dame just isn’t the same team that started out the season winning 6 games in a row. The Irish have lost 4 out of their last 5 both straight up and against the spread.
Although many Notre Dame fans will point to QB Everett Golson’s inability to protect the football, he fumbles and throws a lot of interceptions, the real reason for Notre Dame’s sudden implosion is that their best defensive player, leading tackler Joe Schmidt, is out for the season. Since Schmidt got hurt in a 49 to 39 victory over Navy, Notre Dame hasn’t won a game. Schmidt would have been the man to pressure ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly. He definitely would have helped to stop Northwestern from marching into the end zone on seemingly every possession and he might have single-handedly stopped Louisville’s offense.
Without Schmidt, Notre Dame is up against it versus USC even though USC goes into this contest off of a terrible loss to rival UCLA. The Trojans didn’t play a step in the 20 to 38 loss. The USC offense, which averages 441.5 yards and 33.8 points per game, will at least get to those totals against the Irish.
The key will be whether or not Golson can counter. So far this season, Notre Dame has been able to get the ball into the end zone. Since USC’s defense isn’t as good as some might think, it yields over 400 yards per game and 24.6 points, Notre Dame should put up some points as well.
If Golson protects the football, he should be able to keep this one close. The 7 points will become very important in this matchup between historic football programs. Notre Dame is the pick because even though they might lose, they probably won’t lose by more than 3 to 6 points.