by GT Staff |
5 p.m. PT at Los Angeles
USC -31½ at Notre Dame (48)
This is the 80th meeting of the biggest intersectional rivalry in college football. And this is the most lopsided point spread of them all. With this rather unusual total of just 48 considering the 31½-point spot, there really is little margin of error if you decide to back Southern Cal. And there are a few reasons not to.
Say what you want about Notre Dame and its coach Charlie Weis, but the record is 6-5 and the largest margin of defeat all year just 17 points. Granted nearly blowing a late three-touchdown lead to Navy, getting blanked at Boston College and falling to an eight-loss Syracuse is more than enough evidence to back USC. However, the Trojans at times have sputtered on offense behind QB Mark Sanchez. They beat Arizona State by 28 and Stanford by 22 – teams definitely on a level with Notre Dame.
Irish QB Jimmy Clausen is a talent and Notre Dame can really enhance its bowl chances with a good performance. True USC needs a blowout win to impress the BCS, but look for the Irish to stick around and be competitive. NOTRE DAME.