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Many people are calling this a rivalry game, but in order for it to be a real rivalry, each team needs to win once in a while. USC has beaten ND the last seven in a row, and the prognosis isn't great on Saturday either.
The point spread on this game has been dropping as Notre Dame has a huge following, but instead of an upset alert, we can now label this as a sucker alert, as Notre Dame really shouldn't be on the same field with the Trojans. This is far from the best USC team, but they have more than enough to beat the Fighting Irish.
ND QB Jimmy Clausen is limited to just one pass he can throw, the fade, and Pete Carroll will be taking it away in a hurry. Once that is gone, Clausen's only option is the tight end, and that will be gone soon enough.
USC's offense is very simple: Get the ball to their playmakers in space and let them do their thing. The Trojans should have huge gaps of real eastate to maneuver in South Bend.
This will be a fun one for any Notre Dame haters out there.