Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Southern California Trojans Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 26th 2022

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles
Logo Notre Dame Fighting Irish
VS
Logo Southern California Trojans
63
OPENER
-3.5

62o -110
CURRENT
-8.5 +160

+175
MONEYLINE
-210

27
SCORE
38

Rivalry week is quickly approaching and this match-up is gaining more traction. More is at stake than ever this season for the USC Trojans as they welcome the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to town. This is a top 20 match-up in the College Football Playoff standings and USC is scratching for a chance to get into the playoffs.

Both of these schools are on their own respective win streaks, so this game is between two teams that are confident and expect to score a ton in this match-up. Kick-off at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is set for 7:30 pm ET.

Notre Dame vs. USC Odds

TV: ABC

MONEY LINE: Notre Dame (+168) vs. USC (-205)

SPREAD: Notre Dame +5.5 (-110) vs. USC -5.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 64.5 (-105) vs. Under 64.5 (-115)

Notre Dame vs. USC Preview, Stats and Trends

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 8-3 on the season and currently ranked 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings. They are currently riding a season-long five-game winning streak. During their win streak, the Irish have not scored less than 35 points in any of those victories.

Their offense has been a catalyst for their team's success during this winning streak. They have a balanced attack that looks to keep opposing defenses off-balance during a game. Watch out for their star running back Audric Estime, who has 782 yards on 136 total carries with 11 touchdowns on the season. Keep an eye out for him to jumpstart this Notre Dame offense on the road against USC.

The USC Trojans have stormed themselves back into the national title consideration this season. They currently have a 10-1 record and have solidified their position in the Pac-12 Championship game. Currently, the Trojans are ranked 6th in the CFP rankings with hopes to be in the playoffs at the conclusion of the regular season.

This team leans on its offense to gain production with every passing week. Furthermore, USC looks to the passing game to instill dominance on the field. Look for starting quarterback Caleb Williams who has passed for 3480 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three interceptions on the season. If Williams can get into a rhythm early, USC may be in for another monster offensive production this week.

Notre Dame vs. USC Predictions

Overall this will be a close match-up for the majority of the contest, as these two rivals will be fighting for their university pride this week. Look for both of these offenses to hit the over 64.5 point total, as both of these schools have scored 35 points or more in their past five weeks.

In this shootout, expect the USC Trojans to pull away and ultimately win this match-up in an offensive, fast-paced contest. The Trojans win this game in the Coliseum.

Final Score: 45-38 (USC)

EXTRA POINTS

1. USC is 7-4 against the spread.

2. Notre Dame is 6-5 against the spread.

3. Both offenses have scored 35 points or more in their past five games.

Best Bet: USC -5.5 (-110)

PREDICTION
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
28
37
Southern California Trojans

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Southern California Trojans Recap NOV 26TH 2022

Caleb Williams rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another, and No. 6-ranked Southern California completed its best regular season since 2008 with a 38-27 win over rival and No. 15-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The Trojans (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12), already locked into next Friday's Pac-12 Conference championship game, maintained their prospects of playing in the College Football Playoff with an emphatic win to cap the regular season.

USC jumped ahead less than five minutes into Saturday's contest when Williams connected with Tahj Washington on an 11-yard touchdown, and the Trojans led from wire-to-wire thereafter.

Notre Dame (8-4) threatened in the second quarter when Drew Pyne threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Michael Mayer.

The Fighting Irish pulled to within 10-7 on that score, but gave up the first of Williams' rushing touchdowns on the ensuing USC possession. The 5-yard end-zone jaunt just 34 seconds before halftime pushed the Trojans' lead back to double digits -- and it never again dipped back into single digits.

USC -- and specifically Williams -- quickly answered any Notre Dame rally effort throughout the second half, pushing its lead to 17 points on three occasions in the third and fourth quarters. Williams ran for scores of 3 and 16 yards, the latter slamming the door on the Fighting Irish with 2:35 remaining.

Raleek Brown opened the second half with a 5-yard touchdown run for the Trojans. Austin Jones, meanwhile, buoyed the USC rushing attack with 154 yards on 24 carries to support Williams' 35 yards.

Williams finished 18-of-22 passing for 232 yards and spread his completions among nine pass-catchers. Jordan Addison led the way with 45 yards on three receptions.

Pyne went 23-of-26 passing for 318 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the loss, including a second to Mayer in the game's closing moments. He was intercepted by Calen Bullock in the fourth quarter.

The Irish rushed for just 90 yards on 26 carries.

--Field Level Media