USC vs. Notre DameSouthern Cal Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Free Pick: Both the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish really hate each other, and they are fighting for what probably amounts to be a spot in the Top 25 this week when they face off with one another at Notre Dame Stadium.

In front of the watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus, the Fighting Irish are understandably favorites in this game, but is it justified that they are laying a field goal? We’re really asking some questions here of Notre Dame.

College Football Week 8 – Southern Cal @ Notre Dame October 19th, 2013
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Southern Cal vs. Notre Dame On TV: NBC
College Football Betting Odds Courtesy of JustBet Sportsbook: Southern Cal -3 (Total: Off)

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We’re publishing this article as of Sunday night, and we are going under the assumption that both RB Silas Redd and WR Marqise Lee are going to be in the fold for the Trojans. These two players are game-changers, and they have yet to be on the field at the same time with one another this year. Redd came back into the fold and rushed for 80 yards on just 19 carries against the Arizona Wildcats last week, and the end result was a game in which the team had nearly 550 yards of offense and put up 38 points. Now it’s the defense that really concerns us about USC, as this team has allowed 93 points combined in its last two games against the two Arizona schools. Will the real Trojans please stand up?

Of course, we have no doubt what we’re getting out of Notre Dame. This is a team with an offense that just isn’t all that good, and the defense clearly isn’t as good as it was last season. The Oklahoma Sooners and Arizona State Sun Devils have dropped 69 points combined in two games against Notre Dame this year, while the offense just hasn’t had the answers. We really doubt whether QB Tommy Rees is going to be able to keep up with QB Cody Kessler, and that’s a tough thing to say against a man that was in the midst of a quarterback battle where the best of the worst kept his job. The USC secondary has been much-maligned this season, but this is the day where the team comes up big, holds down Rees and his paltry 51.7% completion percentage and wins this game on the road to give Orgeron and his team some confidence as Pac-12 play comes back up next week.

Southern Cal @ Notre Dame Free Pick for 10/19/13: USC Trojans +3

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