Notre Dame vs. USC: Fighting Irish favorites in final regular season game

Jonathan Daniel

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish open as four-point-favorites when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the USC Trojans.

The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-0) need one win over their rival, the USC Trojans (7-4), to reach the BCS National Championship Game and oddsmakers are making them the favorites to do so. Notre Dame opened as an early four-point favorite against USC for Saturday's game in Los Angeles.

The Irish have made it through the season undefeated and hold the No. 1 BCS ranking, but still face a tough task against the rival Trojans. USC has won nine of the last ten meetings between the two schools, but Notre Dame did beat the Trojans 20-16 the last time the two teams met in Southern Cal.

USC will be without star quarterback Matt Barkley, who suffered a sprained shoulder in the Trojans loss to UCLA, which should help the No. 1 ranked Notre Dame defense slow the USC offense.

The Irish are 6-5 against the spread on the season, while the Trojans are just 3-8 and have lost three of their last four games overall.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.