(The game's on NBC, but head here for discussion and score updates.)
USC will not take part in the postseason this year because of NCAA sanctions, a shame for the current group of Trojans, who have done nothing wrong. They are 5-1 to date and certainly worthy of not only a bowl berth but also Pac-12 title contention. Since suffering its only loss of the season to date, Lane Kiffin's USC squad has put together back-to-back wins, the most of which being a 30-9 romp over California last week in San Francisco.
Notre Dame is set to play its first home night game since 1990 and hopes to end USC's school-record streak of 13 consecutive non-conference road wins. The Fighting Irish, under the guidance of second-year head coach Brian Kelly, have won four in a row since a disappointing 0-2 start to the campaign. They have been idle since their best offensive effort of the season, a 59-33 victory over Air Force two weeks ago.
Game date, time: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 22nd
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
TV channel: NBC
Spread: Notre Dame favored by 9
Series history: Notre Dame leads, 43-34-5
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