Notre Dame and USC may have the most unique rivalry in college football. The teams whose campuses are separated by approximately 2,000 miles have played in 67 consecutive seasons, with the Irish holding a 44-35-5 advantage in the overall series.
The Trojans won eight straight meetings from 2002-2009, but the Irish have turned the proverbial tide a bit of late. Notre Dame has won two of the past three, including a nine-point win last November in Los Angeles, which sent the Irish to the BCS Championship Game.
USC bids farewell to four-year starting quarterback Matt Barkley, who did not play in either of Notre Dame's victories over the Trojans in 2010 and 2012. After falling from preseason No. 1 to 7-6, the pressure is on head coach Lane Kiffin and the men of Troy to bring USC back to the top of the Pac-12.
The Trojans began spring practice last week, with their spring game coming on Apr. 13. Let's take an early look at what to expect from USC in 2013.
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