Preview: Notre Dame at Southern California

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California


Notre Dame and USC were on the fringe of a top-10 ranking in early September and part of the national championship conversation but Saturday they’ll be playing mostly for bragging rights when they collide in Los Angeles. The Fighting Irish have taken the biggest tumble, losing their last three games and four of five as their defense slipped mightily. The Trojans haven’t been able to find any traction this fall, failing to win three straight games during a season for the first time since 1997.

The Trojans could only muster 200 total yards and seven points through the first three quarters Saturday against UCLA before ultimately losing 38-20. Josh Shaw, USC’s best defensive back, made his debut last week following a 10-game suspension but couldn’t prevent UCLA from gaining 265 yards after its catches, the most the Trojans allowed all season. Notre Dame has not only lost three straight in a season for the first time in four years but has surrendered at least 30 points in the last six, one short of the program record.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: USC -7

ABOUT NOTRE DAME (7-4): Everett Golson is two touchdown passes from tying Jimmy Clausen for third-most in program history for a single season, but this has hardly been a stellar year for the senior. He has been intercepted 13 times and lost seven fumbles, all in the last eight games. Golson led the Fighting Irish to a victory in the Coliseum two years ago to finish off an undefeated regular season.

ABOUT USC (7-4): The Trojans will need to do a much better job protecting quarterback Cody Kessler than they did last weekend. Kessler was pressured or sacked on 22 of his 41 drop-backs, more than double his season average, and was sacked six times, matching his career high. That’s a big reason why he had so much difficulty getting the ball to gifted wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who caught just three of nine balls thrown his way for a season-low 24 yards.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Only four players have started all 11 games on defense for Notre Dame.

2. The Fighting Irish have at least one interception in the last 14 games, the longest streak in the FBS.

3. The Trojans have not allowed an opponent to score on its opening possession and has outscored the opposition by 100 points in the first quarter this season.

PREDICTION: USC 28, Notre Dame 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Notre Dame 7-4 L3 34.7 27.5 5-2 2-2 4-4 0-0 0-0
Southern California 7-4 L1 33.8 24.6 4-1 3-3 6-2 0-0 6-3

Last Meeting

Notre Dame Southern California
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/19/13 USC 10 ND 14 302 136 166 330 129 201

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ND T. Rees 66.7 166 2 0
USC C. Kessler 58.8 201 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ND C. McDaniel 18 97 5.4 0
USC S. Redd 19 112 5.9 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ND T. Niklas 4 58 14.5 1
USC N. Agholor 6 89 14.8 0
TDs Player TD
ND T. Jones 1
USC S. Redd 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ND E. Golson 61.1 3280 29 13
USC C. Kessler 69.7 3133 30 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ND T. Folston 150 802 5.3 5
USC J. Allen 231 1244 5.4 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ND W. Fuller 66 962 14.6 14
USC N. Agholor 85 1103 13.0 10
TDs Player TD
ND W. Fuller 14
USC N. Agholor 12

Quickchart Matchup

Notre Dame Off vs  Southern California Def
453.5 yards
402.6 yards
4.2 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
8.2 yards/attempt
6.4 yards/attempt
Southern California Off vs  Notre Dame Def
441.5 yards
386 yards
3.9 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Notre Dame Overall Southern California
7-4-0 W/L 7-4-0
5-6-0 ATS 6-5-0
6-5-0 O/U 4-7-0
34.7 Pts For 33.8
27.5 Pts Against 24.6
Notre Dame A/H Southern California
2-2 W/L 4-1
2-2-0 ATS 3-2-0
2-2-0 O/U 3-2-0
34.5 Pts For 43.0
35.0 Pts Against 23.8