Notre Dame and USC play in their 93rd meeting in the regular season finale
SOUTH BEND, Ind – A rivalry that dates back to 1926 will be the primetime matchup in week 12 of college football.
The Trojans and the Irish last met in 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium, where the Irish came out on top 31-16, but it’s been four years since stepping foot in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“To play in a venue like the LA Coliseum, it's pretty special. It's bizarre to me, we haven't played there since 2018,” said Offensive Coordinator Tommy Rees.
Having already beat three ranked opponents, the matchup against USC will make a difference in which bowl game the Irish earn after the regular season.
“Obviously, it's very impactful. But, you know, we're going to prepare the same way we prepared and we're going to practice really hard,” said Quarterback Drew Pyne.
Facing a high-powered offense that ranks second in the country with elite receivers will be one concern.
“We have dogs on this in the secondary and we're going to keep continuing to keep the standard as high as we can,” Cornerback Tariq Bracey added.
Facing a Trojans defense that prides themselves on defensive turnovers, will be another.
Southern California sits at number one for turnover margins.
“At the end of the day, got to go play a football game, you know, when we told them today, when the clock starts and get in between those lines, just like every other one you've played in, you got to do the same things to have success, Rees mentioned.