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One of college football’s classic rivalries will continue this Saturday when the USC Trojans visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame beat USC for the first time since 2001 last season when they won 20-16 at the Coliseum. The Irish have not defeated USC in South Bend since 2001.

Tommy Rees has settled in well to the starting quarterback role for Notre Dame, passing for four touchdowns in their last game against Air Force.

View Southern Cal vs Notre Dame Odds and Stats.

USC vs Notre Dame Betting Line: The Trojans were listed as 9.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. The total settled around 57 with BetOnline having the best UNDER number and also boasting a terrific bonus offer

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Fighting Irish rated this week at No. 20 and the Trojans sitting at No. 66. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 38-33 result in favor of the Fighting Irish this week.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Notre Dame's No. 36-ranked offense, averaging 32.3 PPG, against a Trojans defense that ranks No. 46 this week at 23.5 PPG. The Fighting Irish aerial game is averaging 273.5 yards per game, more than the Trojans secondary allows through the air, 271.7 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Trojans own the league's No. 21-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 102 yards per game when on the road. Notre Dame, on the other hand, rates No. 57 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Southern Cal won its last outing, a 30-9 result against California on October 13. Southern Cal covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 39 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Notre Dame was a 59-33 winner in their most recent outing at home against Air Force. They covered the 14.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (92) made winners of OVER bettors.

Southern Cal Trojans Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 8-2
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 9-1

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Trojans at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
Southern Cal is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Notre Dame
Southern Cal is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Cal's last 5 games on the road
Southern Cal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 5 games at home
Notre Dame is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Notre Dame is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Southern Cal

Next up:
Southern Cal home to Stanford, Saturday, October 29
Notre Dame home to Navy, Saturday, October 29

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