For the better part of the last decade, the Trojans of the University of Southern California have dominated the storied rivalry with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The sanctions placed on Southern Cal for recruiting violations with Reggie Bush are of little consolation to Notre Dame; no matter what the record books say, the fact is that the Irish simply have been unable to conquer the Trojans on the field for the last eight years.
On Saturday, the Irish have their best chance to beat the Trojans since 2005. They are playing some of their best football of the season, and the Southern Cal game represents a chance to put the season's earlier negativity behind them.
But as in any good rivalry game, victory never comes easily. Here are the six things Notre Dame must do to put an end to Trojan rule.