Bring On the Irish!

What’s next for USC? High-stakes game vs. Notre Dame

No. 13 Notre Dame at No. 5 USC

When: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

TV/Radio: ABC/AM 790

Records: Notre Dame 8-3; USC 10-1, 8-1 in Pac-12

Notre Dame updateThe Irish will arrive in Los Angeles playing their best football of the season. Notre Dame has won five straight, including a three-touchdown win over Clemson. The latest victory for the Irish was a 44-0 spanking of Boston College. The Irish forced five turnovers, with cornerback Benjamin Morrison grabbing three interceptions. … The Irish have a very balanced offense, passing for 2,081 yards and rushing for 2,103 this season. Quarterback Drew Pyne has completed 61.8% of passes while throwing 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. His favorite target is 6-foot-4 TE Michael Mayer, a potentially problematic matchup for a USC team that was gashed by Utah TE Dalton Kincaid.

USC latestThe Trojans will be riding a wave of confidence into the annual rivalry with Notre Dame after a 48-45 win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl. QB Caleb Williams threw for a career-high 470 yards and rushed for 33 more. RB Austin Jones produced 177 yards on 25 touches in his first start after Travis Dye’s season-ending leg injury. And the Trojan defense produced four turnovers for the first time since Week 4, leading to 10 points. … USC clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with the win. … The Trojans could have a decision to make at placekicker after Denis Lynch missed two field goals against UCLA. Though he recovered with a 49-yarder, Lynch is now 12 of 18 on field goals this season, with five misses from between 30-39 yards. … USC has lost four straight to Notre Dame and seven of the last nine meetings between the teams.

Adam Grosbard (ocregister.com)

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Rock2112
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November 23, 2022 9:35 am

I have a sense of calm over all this CFP ranking noise. To me it is objectively wrong that LSU would be ranked ahead of USC, but I don’t care, because there is more football coming. LSU is likely to lose to Georgia. End of that story. If they beat Georgia, even with a win over ND and in the Pac-12 title game, we would be irrational in suggesting we should be ranked ahead of a 2 loss team that has wins over Georgia and Alabama on their resume. I don’t think that will happen though, so I think our… Read more »

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November 22, 2022 9:51 am
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Do you think we should hire some more towel wavers to make sure of victory over the irish?

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November 22, 2022 10:33 am
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I am a hard No. As a spontaneous infrequent reaction I am ok with a hearty towel waving. But as as a continuous planned activity count me out.

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November 22, 2022 11:26 am
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You probably have the right attitude, but I still don’t like the towels.

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November 22, 2022 11:01 am
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I think the towel waving on the sideline is a “seed” activity. LR is clearly on a campaign to develop a full Coliseum on Saturdays and a true home field advantage. Nothing at all would happen in this program without LR’s imprimatur on it. I think the hope is that it will catch on in the stands, and that the Coli will one day have that sea of towels waving like a Steelers or a Penn State game. I honestly think that is what the effort is. We’ll see if it catches on. Winning a Natty would help! And so… Read more »

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November 22, 2022 11:25 am
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I think you are right about LR, but I still don’t like it.

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November 21, 2022 2:20 pm

Love the pic of the great Dennis Smith making that interception vs ND in 1980. Joey Browner there too with no doubt Ronnie Lott lurking nearby. My god what a secondary! now someone explain how the hell Jeff Fisher was the other corner lol

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November 21, 2022 2:24 pm
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Nice … one of my all time Trojans damn he was good !

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November 21, 2022 2:23 pm
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Yes, see you Dante recruiters are a dime a dozen at USC it’s not hard with a little effort
Anyone from the Pete Carroll coaching weed or anything Gomer stay away forever

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November 21, 2022 3:01 pm
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I have to ask, just what does a special teams coach do? Does he call for the pooch kick or does the HC. Does he go out to practice and watch the kickers all day? I remember we had a SPT and still could not get 11 on the field. Really seriously asking, just what does he do an analyst can’t do. HC decides if we go for 2 or kick off onsides. I can see a position coach doing special teams but it seems a waste of coaching slots and money for a full timer.

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November 21, 2022 6:37 pm
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I am of the same thought.

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November 21, 2022 3:59 pm
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I remember Riley taking abuse in the media for not having a special teams coordinator when he was at Oklahoma. Indeed, some people blamed that factor as the difference in Riley’s heartbreaking last game with Oklahoma. If he didn’t pivot after that, I don’t think that this tiger will change his stripes any time soon. Now, Donte is another story. There is an unacceptable number of wide-open receivers running free in our secondary, in addition to other basic deficiencies. LR needed to keep Donte around initially to preserve moral as much as possible, and of course to help in recruiting.… Read more »

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November 21, 2022 11:36 am
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I am sure all of his bruises hurt just a little bit extra yesterday and today.

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November 21, 2022 1:51 pm
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Love that picture. Was that the play when he tried a repeat of his 2021 hurdle and got nailed? Looks like it might be.

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November 21, 2022 3:08 pm
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This is the best UCLA team in the last 20 years and, in the newly configured Pac, probably finishes 5th behind SC, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It was a great team, but not a championship team. Beat Utah and Washington (embarrassed them really) but lost to SC, Oregon and AZ. This assumes WA beats WSU and UCLA beats CA and Utah beats CO. I think Utah beating CO is a foregone conclusion. The other two are up in the air.

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November 21, 2022 2:21 pm

New ball game vs USC this year …. and the next decade

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November 21, 2022 11:15 am

Guess who the new Heisman leader is per Vegas? Caleb in 10/11. Only two others left on the board are Stroud (tOSU) and Corum (MI). Evidently, the UCLA game was the first game that a national audience actually got to see Caleb. And, he lite it up for over 500 yards of TO and 470 passing. If he throws for 300 yds. + against the Irish, my guess is he has it won. SC football provides one of the few platforms in the nation for showcasing talent on the big stage. Currently, SC offers two big stages: UCLA and ND.… Read more »

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November 21, 2022 11:37 am
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The USC / ND game has historically produced Heisman winners for a good showing.

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November 21, 2022 9:28 am

This will definitely be a physical game with the Irish playing ball control and attempting to eat up the clock. What they don’t want is a shootout. If our offense puts up quick scores, which Clemson didn’t do, then we will force ND out of their game plan and prone to picks. Caleb should have a field day giving the Irish fits trying to contain him. Playing at home will give the team the extra emotion to do well.

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November 21, 2022 11:18 am
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This might be a game like the Oregon State game which was a low scoring game.
ND has a defense that can slow down USC. But by how much is the question.
Travis Dye will be missed in a ball control type game,
If Caleb can find his receivers it will be a shootout.
Does anyone know how good the Irish secondary is?
It may be a key to the game.

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November 21, 2022 3:09 pm
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usc50, I am with Allen on this one. ND is incapable of playing in a shootout. They have to rely on their D to control the other O. I just do not see that happening. If we get up 2 scores, the game is probably over.

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November 21, 2022 5:31 pm
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Heard Brady Quinn on Sports Nation today. Hearing him talk up the Domers, it’d make an casual sports fan think it will be a close game with the Trojans as an underdog.

Such a Domer Homer.

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November 21, 2022 9:13 am

Maybe it’s just me, but I want SC to beat the Irish like a weathered Persian rug. I don’t hate N. D. (like I do Ucla), for me it’s just a very strong dislike. But this season has been a fun one, and to keep the fun going a win is needed. If we keep improving I might convince the boss to go to South Bend. I can slide into a trip to Chicago or something. Anyway I have dear friends who were raised Catholic (like John McKay supposedly was) and I have put up with their trash talk and… Read more »

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November 21, 2022 11:01 am
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We are not a good match up for the Irish. UCLA had as good an OL and a much better RB and it had far superior QB, receivers,and O scheme. The Irish have a better D than the Bruins. I think any team based on D with a mediocre O is in serious trouble against SC. From what I have seen, the only D in the nation that is capable of shutting down our O at home would be GA’s.

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November 21, 2022 5:54 pm
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It’s not just you, Rialto.

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November 21, 2022 1:55 pm
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For once I wish the transitive property would apply this Saturday.

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November 21, 2022 8:49 am

This will be a fun game with contrasting styles. I just don’t see any way ND can keep up in a shootout. I also don’t think there is any way we do not put up at least 35 points. We will make them a one dimensional team having to throw it often with a QB who doesn’t play like that. After last week I am more confident in us stopping the run. Insee this being a multiple score win.

USC 42 ND 24

Fight on!

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November 21, 2022 11:36 am
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So, it looks like another ‘over’, I say this because you have been correct on the total for the last two games………..