Trojans' defense will make plays

The Trojans possess too much talent for the Irish, and will move one step closer to the BCS Championship game.

Originally Published: November 25, 2004
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
Saturday's game will mark the 76th meeting between the two schools. The Irish hold a 42-28-5 edge over USC but trail in games played at the Coliseum by an 18-17-4 margin. Notre Dame enters this year's contest trying to finish on a high note after a tough home loss to Pittsburgh dropped the Irish to 6-4 overall.

Who: USC (1) vs. Notre Dame
When: Sat., 8:00 ET (ABC)
Where: L.A. Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Meanwhile, the men of Troy are on track to earn a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game this season, if they can notch wins against Notre Dame and cross-town rival UCLA.

Interestingly, the last time USC raced out to a 10-0 start (1988), its run was ended by a 27-10 Irish victory at the Coliseum. Will Notre Dame pull off the biggest upset of the college football season, or will the high-powered Trojans' offense simply prove too much to overcome?

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.