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No. 1 Notre Dame, in a 22-13 win, keeps Trojans at bay


Given the opportunity to upset No. 1 Notre Dame in the 84th edition of the storied intersectional rivalry, USC flashed the talent and explosiveness that emboldened many preseason prognosticators to ticket the Trojans — not the Irish — for a date in January’s BCS national championship game in Miami. Unfortunately, the Trojans were once again […]

Game rewind: Notre Dame


The set up: After eight consecutive years of defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the USC Trojans experienced defeat last season in Los Angeles. Notre Dame hoped to use that victory as a springboard into an extended period of dominance over its intersectional rival. USC, coming off a long week after defeating California on Oct. […]

Luck of the Irish wears off against Trojans


It’s a script that has been written before — so often, in fact, it has become almost cliché. The echoes have been awakened, Notre Dame is back. That much was indicated prior to Saturday night’s grudge match against USC. Facing a USC team that had been underwhelming for much of its first six games, Notre […]

Four burning questions: Notre Dame


Who will be the best receiver on the field? Similar to USC’s contest against Cal last week, Saturday’s game features a wealth of talent at the wide receiver position. USC sophomore Robert Woods and Notre Dame junior Michael Floyd are among some of the best wide receivers in the country. Woods looks to rebound after […]

Coaches don’t deserve all scrutiny, blame


USC-Notre Dame just doesn’t have the same kick to it anymore. With both teams at relative low points, the bad blood in the rivalry doesn’t quite boil like it used to (at least on the West Coast, anyway — South Bend might be a different story). Sure, the game will receive plenty of attention with […]