In order to accommodate its scheduling requirements as a result of its ACC alliance, Notre Dame was forced to eliminate many of its yearly opponents from the schedule. One game that will never go away, however, is the Fighting Irish’s annual battle with USC.
The Irish and Trojans have met every year since 1946. After dropping eight straight meetings, Notre Dame has won three of the past four, including two straight in the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the next chapter of college football’s greatest intersectional rivalry will take place this November.
A wild 2013 for USC saw it play games with three different head coaches. Lane Kiffin was fired after a 3-2 start, after which Ed Orgeron went 6-2, including a loss to Notre Dame. Orgeron was not made the permanent head coach, and he left the team in December. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton guided the Trojans to a victory in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Now, the Steve Sarkisian era begins after the former USC offensive coordinator bolted Washington for a return to Southern California. The Trojans hit the practice field Tuesday, concluding spring drills April 19. Let’s look at what we can expect from USC in 2014.