USC hosts Notre Dame on Saturday in the last week of college football’s regular season. The teams sport identical 7-4 records, and recently both had their hopes to make the College Football Playoff dashed. Notre Dame looked like a serious contender until losing three straight games heading into this weekend, while USC’s hopes to back into the Playoff by stealing the Pac-12 title ended when the Trojans lost to UCLA.
USC will attempt to slow down Irish quarterback Everett Golson, who was in the conversation for the Heisman trophy for most of the season. The Notre Dame defense, meanwhile, will be tasked with slowing down USC junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor and redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen, who had off-games at the Rose Bowl last weekend.
Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen interviewed Isaac Lorton, the football reporter at Notre Dame’s The Observer, to give Trojan fans a better picture of what to expect in the nation’s best intersectional rivalry game on Saturday.