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2017 Schedule
6-2, 1st in Pac 12 - South

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame RB Josh Adams told me this week that the Irish had a coming to Jesus moment about toughness on offense after the loss to Georgia. Notre Dame certainly came out as the more physical team up front tonight against USC. Notre Dame already has 133 rushing yards in the first half

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC cornerback Iman Marshall is out for the rest of the game against Notre Dame due to a knee injury, according to the TV broadcast.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush had his best practice of the season Thursday, and it has carried over to this game, as he fired a perfect back-shoulder throw to Kevin Stepherson for a 23-yard score. Coach Brian Kelly said that Wimbush's anticipation when to release the ball is rapidly improving. Combined with his perimeter rushing skill, he will be very tough to stop.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Beautiful sunset west of Notre Dame Stadium as the stands start to fill.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second week in a row, Arizona State's defense pitched a first-half shutout (16-0). If the Sun Devils hold on in the second half, it would set up a huge game in Tempe next week against USC.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of the charter and private planes at South Bend Airport for tonight's USC-Notre Dame game. There could be a record number of aircraft on the ground at kickoff.

ESPN Stats & Info

USC and Notre Dame renew rivalry in South Bend

No. 11 USC and No. 13 Notre Dame meet for the 89th time overall and the 33rd time with both teams ranked in the AP Poll. The last time both Notre Dame and USC were ranked in the AP Top 15 and met in South Bend was 2005, when the top-ranked Trojans defeated No. 9 Notre Dame 34-31 on the controversial "Bush Push" play.

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USC has a chance to be underdogs vs. Notre Dame (1:53)
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Darnold's meeting with Boras was a 'turning point' (3:30)
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How good is Notre Dame? (1:47)
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FPI favors Irish over USC

This will be the 89th meeting between the storied programs and the first time both teams are ranked since 2009. Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush has missed the last two games with a foot injury but is expected to return on Saturday. Trojans QB Sam Darnold did not throw an interception last week for the first time this season.

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Why Darnold is struggling (1:38)
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The kids are alright -- in the draft

Todd McShay's first four prospects for the 2018 NFL draft, to be hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, are juniors. They're followed by a sophomore.

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X factor for USC down the stretch: Mitchell Jr., Vaughns

For USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett is the clear No. 1 option at receiver. What the Trojans need is reliable production beyond him, and Steven Mitchell Jr. and Tyler Vaughns will both be key in that regard.

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Who wins, USC or Notre Dame? (0:47)
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Helton On Darnold, What To Expect From Notre Dame

USC coach Clay Helton talks to Ian Fitzsimmons about his team's toughness, Sam Darnold being a winner, what to expect from Saturday's game at Notre Dame and much more.

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Battles in Happy Valley, South Bend headline Week 8 (1:00)
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Herbstreit: Loser of USC-ND out of playoff (1:49)
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USC DT in concussion protocol after accident

USC starting defensive tackle Josh Fatu, who is "day-to-day" while in concussion protocol, has 27 tackles for the Trojans this season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards296.420th
Rushing Yards180.653rd
Points For34.4Tied-34th
Points Against23.752nd