One of the big matchups will take place on Saturday night when the USC Trojans travel to South Bend to take on the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
We will help you break down this game and determine your best bets.
USC at Notre Dame Game Overview
This Saturday night contest is a rivalry between two historic programs. USC has not been as strong this season, but it has some quality wins on its resume, while Notre Dame has proven to be one of the top teams in the country.
The Trojans have a strong offense led by the run game with Vavae Malepeai. Malepeai has already rushed for 360 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Where USC struggles is its defense, giving up about 25 points per game and over 400 yards of offense. This Trojans defense will likely have a tough time holding back Ian Book and the Irish.
Notre Dame is coming off a high-powered win against Bowling Green. The game was really no contest, as the Irish won 52-0 without breaking a sweat.
Book threw for five touchdowns in the first half and allowed the backup to get a good run in after halftime.
Notre Dame overall has been solid on both sides of the ball this year. Its matchup against third-ranked Georgia showed just how good Notre Dame can actually be. The Irish played the Bulldogs down to the wire, ultimately losing the contest 23-17.
Notre Dame, being the home team in this game, finds itself as a big favorite over USC. Our friends at BetAnySports have the Irish favored at -11.
This is a hefty line, especially with USC having two ranked wins over Stanford and Utah, but Notre Dame is a level above those teams. The Trojans will have trouble stopping the Irish’s offensive attack and will likely lose this game if it turns into a shootout.
USC at Notre Dame Free Game Prediction
I really like Notre Dame in this matchup at home. USC has some quality wins in 2019 but doesn’t have a chance against the Irish. Take Notre Dame at -11 to win outright.
Make sure to lock in your bets before Saturday night’s kickoff!