USC and Notre Dame both appeared to be at their worst in Week 6. The difference was the Trojans beat Arizona in triple overtime. Notre Dame was bludgeoned in a 13-point loss to Louisville.
On Saturday, the two ranked teams will face off in the latest edition of a rivalry that dates back to 1926. Notre Dame leads the series at 48-37-5, but USC took the Jeweled Shillelagh in 2022, winning 38-27.
USC has remained undefeated, and looks the part of a national championship contender. The offense, led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, is averaging the most points and the fourth-most total yards of any team in college football. The defense, however, has had its issues, having allowed 27 points and 421.3 yards per game, both in the bottom half of college football.
Notre Dame has seen a season that began with plenty of promise unravel over the past three weeks, falling at home to Ohio State, narrowly beating Duke and then losing badly on the road against Louisville to drop the Fighting Irish from a top-10 rating to No. 21 in the AP Top 25. Still, the defense has often looked promising, averaging the 15th-fewest yards and points among teams, while the offense has ranked 35th and 36th in points scored and total yards this year.
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USC vs. Notre Dame score
USC vs. Notre Dame results, highlights from Week 7 game
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8:14 p.m.: Make it back-to-back plays as Faison is handed the ball on a reverse, fooling the USC defense, and freeing up space down the right sideline to move up 16 yards to the UCS 26.
8:13 p.m.: The Fighting Irish kick off the second quarter with a big play, with Chris Tyree catching a short pass and taking it up the field 16 yards behind a few blockers to pick up the first down and move up to the Notre Dame 42.
8:09 p.m.: Jeremiyah Love loses a yard, but Hartman helps pick it back up and more with a completion out to Jordan Faison to pick up seven. The second quarter will begin with Notre Dame on a third-and-4.
8:07 p.m.: Notre Dame will begin its drive at its own 36 after Devyn Ford returned the kickoff 28 yards.
8:04 p.m. USC scoring play: Three short plays by the Trojans, and the offense stalls at the Notre Dame 8, bringing up a fourth-and-5. Denis Lynch drills the 25-yard field goal to put USC on the board. Notre Dame 7, USC 3
8:02 p.m.: Michael Jackson catches a pass from Williams and heads up 12 yards, but Morrison is called for a personal foul that moves USC all the way up to the Notre Dame 13 and gives the Trojans an automatic first-and-10.
8:01 p.m.: Singer makes a 13-yard catch, but he’s called for pushing off Morrison and is flagged for offensive pass interference, backing the Trojans up to the Notre Dame 39 and bringing up a first-and-25.
8 p.m.: Jones picks up three on the ground, then Williams dumps the pass off to Zachariah Branch, who races up for a pick up of seven yards for another first down.
7:58 p.m.: Williams fires a strike up the middle to Dorian Singer to the Notre Dame 35 following a pickup of one on the ground by Jones, and the Trojan offense is rolling.
7:56 p.m.: Williams is flushed out of the pocket and scrambles for a gain of 11. Notre Dame is called for a defensive holding penalty on the play as well that adds to it for the Trojans, who have now moved all the way up to the Notre Dame 46.
7:54 p.m.: USC will begin its next drive at its own 33 with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
7:53 p.m.: The Fighting Irish will be forced to punt the ball away after Estime rushed for only a yard and Hartman’s next pass was incomplete out to Rico Flores Jr.
7:51 p.m.: Estime fights his way a yard past the first-down marker for a pickup of 11 to kick off Notre Dame’s drive. He then catches a pass for four yards to set up a second-and-6.
7:47 p.m.: The Trojans get the connection between Williams and Tahj Washington, but the wide receiver is stopped three yards shy of the first-down marker to bring out the punting unit. Notre Dame fair catches the punt at its own 14.
7:46 p.m.: Following a rush of four by Williams, USC is called for a snap infraction to bring up a second-and-11. Jones then rushes for three yards.
7:45 p.m.: Austin Jones picks up just five on the first-down carry, but on the second-down play, Notre Dame’s Benjamin Morris is called for defensive holding on a pass attempt, giving USC the first down up to the 34.
7:44 p.m.: Zachariah Branch returns the kickoff out to the USC 19.
7:39 p.m. Notre Dame scoring play: The Fighting Irish are on the board first. Sam Hartman drops back and fires a pass to a leaping Gi’Bran Payne, who back-pedals into the end zone for the 4-yard touchdown. Notre Dame 7, USC 0
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7:39 p.m.: Back-to-back runs by Audric Estime pick up eight yards to set up a third-and-2.
7:37 p.m.: Williams fires a strike to Brendan Rice for a pickup of 11 yards to pick up the first down, but he then over-shoots Lake McRee and is picked off by Xavier Watts. Watts takes the ball all the way back to the USC 12.
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7:35 p.m.: First offensive play of the game is a run up the middle by MarShawn Lloyd, but he picks up just a yard. Caleb Williams scrambles on the next play, and gets out of bounds for no gain.
7:35 p.m.: USC will start with the ball at the 25.
7:29 p.m.: Just about time for the start of USC-Notre Dame. The stadium is dark as the fans welcome the Fighting Irish to the field.
7:03 p.m.: Before the start of Saturday’s game, be sure to read about Caleb Williams’ legendary high school game between DeMatha and Gonzaga in 2018, which helped put him on the map.
How to watch USC vs. Notre Dame
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: Peacock, Fubo
The latest edition of the rivalry between USC and Notre Dame will be carried on NBC. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
There will be several options to stream the game. The game can be found on Peacock or on Fubo, which offers a free trial.