Saturday Buzz: Who Wins The Notre Dame-USC Game?

It’s time for you to pick the score of the USC-Notre Dame game.

Earlier in the season, this seemed like a straightforward result: Notre Dame looked terrible and in a real low lost to Stanford, 16-14, on Oct. 15. Even on Nov. 12, the Irish barely beat Navy, 35-32.

But I’m going to be a contrarian here. The Irish are not a Pac-12 team and USC’s got to complete a two-week stress test. Like the College Football Playoff committee, I don’t know if the Trojans’ defense is up to the challege.

So I’m taking Notre Dame, 31-30.

Let’s see what happens.

Notre Dame was in town Friday.

Notre Dame practice Friday at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey.

Notre Dame equipment truck in Marina del Rey.

78 thoughts on “Saturday Buzz: Who Wins The Notre Dame-USC Game?

  1. Of course you take ND!!

    You also picked against Pete back in the day.

    How did that work for you?

    See you at the Coli. Oh that’s right your press pack has been permanently revoked.

    USC 38 ND 17

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    1. Hope so….but Notre Dame will probably play it’s best game of the year…
      #ButEvenThatShouldn’tBeGoodEnough…
      #…IF
      #…WeTakeCareOfTheBall…
      #…AndShowKillerInstinctInTheRedZone

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    1. Notre Dame is fueled by weird emotions we can’t [and don’t want to] fathom. They will play over their heads. All we need is a 1 point victory to stay in the playoff picture…

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      1. MG, ND wins and thereafter, the rah-rah’s whine loudly with their usual pathetic excuses.

        #”No soup,” for the bozos.

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      1. The entire defensive strategy today oughta be “Get to the QB!” All potential problems with their tight ends get eliminated if we can knock their QB around.

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      1. Yeah?! Well, our Official Coli D.J. isn’t gonna let them cheer while we’re on offense!
        #”Ladies&Gentlemen –AMomentOfSilence,Please!”
        #”ShowSomeRespect!”

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      2. …on second thought I don’t think the Irish fans should be allowed within one half mile of the coli —As President of the neighborhood,
        Carol needs to put them on her terrorist list….
        #TheyWon’tBeAbleToGetACourtToOverruleUntilMonday

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    1. Go F*CK yourself nitwit. Look at the scoreboard and repeat final
      score 38 – 27 USC. Who beat OSU up there jerkoff?What hellhole
      are you living in at the moment?

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      1. Mike the Irish are not that good – not saying emotion and playing ones’ legacy foe isn’t a motivator – it flat out is but their depth is average and more so they’re facing a first-year head coach in his first legacy major game – the last game of their season. They certainly have emotion but he hasn’t any recollection of what to do to stem an impulsive move.

        Riley has won and lost key national games – that’s the difference, he’s ready.

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      2. Yes and no [do I sound like Senator McConnell?] ….Notre Dame has an average offense…but it has what it needs to keep this close: a first rate o-line AND a first rate d-line. We need to play very serious football to beat these guys.

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    1. 14 years ago next month on Christmas Day 2006 I was flying back from a Christmas visit to my cousins in NJ out of EWR and Cushing was on the plane – both of us going back to LAX. I think he’d just finished his sophomore year.

      Class of 1972

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    1. The only reason Scott picked Notre Dame by one point is he wanted to preclude himself from saying USC disappointed him if WE win by one point….
      #[AtLeastHeDidn’tGoWithTebow’sOneZillionToZeroScore]….

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    1. The Heisman is SO secondary — let’s win the game!
      btw, Michigan just blew out Ohio State —so we are in great shape if we win today.
      AND don’t be too surprised if Oregon State upsets Oregon [and it may even happen with Washington State against Washington too]…..

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    1. Yeah problem is TCU pounding IA St. they barely started the 2nd qtr…
      If OR St. defeats OR and WA does the same to WA St…..were UT to win (they’re currently beating CO 14 – 0) UT will be headed to the Pac12 CCG.

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  2. Wolf picking ND is a no lose for him. If they win he says he called it…if USC wins he’ll claim he’s happy they won. What a wimp.

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  3. Wolf picking ND is a no lose for him. If they win he says he called it…if USC wins he’ll claim he’s happy they won. What a wimp.

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    1. Catch the replay of Oregon’s go- ahead drive at end of half— Oregon throws, ball hits ground, Pac 12 official calls it a catch…. no review… Oregon scores —Pac 12 Happy…..

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  4. Maybe they are seeing something that I’m missing but I can’t see how everyone is picking ND…..even the Wolfman. I’m picking the Trojans and I don’t think it will be a superclose game…..we’ll see. Maybe I’m just leaving out a piece of the puzzle and not getting the big picture. Makes me wonder what I am missing. I think that SC will win by at least 2 TD’s.

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      1. I’ll be shocked if ND actually wins this game. I had questions about UCLA. I think that they were a better team than ND. But I’m really not expecting an ND win. Like I said….maybe I’m missing something.

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      2. Agreed. That’s what they need to do. Get ahead early. If they do that, ND has to junk their run game and go to their pass game which they are not good at. That’s when they start taking chances(throwing into a crowd) and the turnovers start happening.

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  5. Let’s not forget that ND has won 4 in a row. That’s another reason why I think destiny is about to turn towards USC. All these football pundants picking ND mystifies me. They must think that Clay Helton is still coaching SC.

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  6. ESPN playoff predicter currently has tOSU (this includes today’s rout) with an 89% chance to make playoff and SC “jumps” to 40% with wins vs ND & PAC 12 championship.
    WTFF?!

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  7. Oregon State beat Oregon 38-34. I knew this was a trap game for Oregon. There is a lot of politics involved in this Pac-12 conference. Those officials wanted Oregon to win. First there was that horrible spot that took away a first down for OSU inside of the Oregon 5 yard line which would have resulted in an OSU TD. Then Oregon marched 95 yards down the field for a TD right before of the end of the half. That made it 14-10 Oregon when it should have been 17-7 OSU. They refused to overturn the call even after they showed the replay and it was clear that it was a bad spot. Jonathan Smith was waving at the officials to watch the replay.
    Then there was that horrible pass interference call against OSU when Oregon had the ball in the red zone. That wasn’t even close to interference. Even if it was close, you don’t make that call at the end of a big game like this. You never want to decide a big game like this with a judgement call. There is a lot of politics in this Pac-12.
    I actually think that the Washington State-Washington game may be a trap game for Washington but we will see.

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      1. Oregon is looking ahead to the Pac-12 playoffs but that’s 2 games away. In the meantime their next game is against an 8-3 team(OSU) that hates them and they are playing them in OSU’s house. That’s the perfect definition of a trap game.

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    1. Parcelman, using that logic, ND would have been considered a trap game for USC, which it, also wasn’t.
      Admittedly, it is somewhat subjective but Oregon St, THIS YEAR, was not an opponent that Oregon would/should have overlooked.

      UCLA losing to AZ was a trap game.

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