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Fighting Irish Wire’s initial thoughts about Notre Dame vs USC

We’re working with Fighting Irish Wire all week to give you tag-team coverage of Notre Dame-USC from both teams’ vantage points. In addition to reading us, you will want to follow Irish Wire editor Nick Shepkowski and his team.

Nick begins his coverage of Notre Dame-USC week with a first look at this game against the Trojans. If Nick missed a storyline or plot point, don’t worry. This is just a first look. We’ll have plenty of time to get to the many different stories and tension points of Saturday’s upcoming game in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Here’s Nick’s early overview. We’ll include some of our thoughts as well:

SCENE-SETTER

Nick Shepkowski:

The sleeping giant of the rivalry that is Notre Dame-USC is starting to wake up.  That noise you hear isn’t a loud truck passing by.  It’s actually the giant’s alarm clock going off.

TRUTH

Shepkowski:

Yes, there is a lot of hate and a lot of winning between Michigan and Ohio State as well as Alabama and Auburn.  Army and Navy is a classic you can set your watch to, but all things considered, Notre Dame-USC is the best rivalry in college football when both are ticking.

USC PLAYOFF ANGLE

“USC is the Pac-12’s only remaining hope for a CFP berth this season as the Trojans are 10-1.  Utah and Oregon both have multiple losses and are out of contention.  USC would theoretically have three-straight wins over ranked opponents if they can beat Notre Dame and then win the Pac-12 championship game,” Shepkowski wrote.

USC BENEFITED FROM WEEK 12 RESULTS

“Not only did USC beat crosstown rival UCLA in a thriller,” Shepkowski wrote, “but they received help elsewhere as well. Tennessee getting run out of South Carolina ended the Vols’ playoff hopes and North Carolina losing to Georgia Tech not only gives the Tar Heels a second loss but also dampens…


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Publish date : 2022-11-22 18:32:33

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