Notre Dame vs USC Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/14

Notre Dame vs USC Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/14

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USC vs. Notre Dame: College Football Preview

The No. 10 USC Trojans (6-0) are gearing up for a classic showdown under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium as they take on the No. 21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-2). This historic rivalry game is scheduled for 4:30 PM on October 14, 2023, with coverage on NBC. Notre Dame is currently favored by -2.5 points.

 

Crucial Matchup Analysis

USC's Offensive Firepower

The USC Trojans have been an offensive juggernaut this season, averaging an impressive 51.8 points per game, the highest in the FBS. Much of this success can be attributed to their star quarterback, Caleb Williams, who is having a remarkable year. Williams boasts an incredible 22 touchdown passes with just one interception and is also a threat on the ground.

However, Notre Dame's defense presents a formidable challenge. They own the nation's fourth-best pass efficiency defense, forcing opposing quarterbacks to complete only 50 percent of passes for 146.6 yards per game. Williams will face a true test in this matchup, and his performance will be pivotal for USC.

 

Notre Dame's Offensive Struggles

On the other side, Notre Dame has been facing offensive woes recently, averaging only 18.3 points over their last three games. Quarterback Sam Hartman has had moments of brilliance but also struggled, particularly in a recent loss to Louisville where he threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles.

The Notre Dame offensive line, usually strong, allowed five sacks and 24 total pressures in their last game. USC's fierce pass rush, which has already accumulated 22 sacks this season, could pose a significant challenge for Hartman and the Irish offense.

 

Prediction: 

As the rivalry game approaches, it's evident that USC's high-scoring offense led by Caleb Williams will be a force to reckon with. While Notre Dame boasts a strong defense, the Trojans have consistently put up points this season.

Furthermore, Notre Dame's recent offensive struggles and USC's ability to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks give the Trojans an edge. USC's defense may have had its moments, but it is likely to capitalize on Notre Dame's offensive inconsistencies.

With these factors in mind, the prediction is that USC will emerge victorious in this thrilling rivalry matchup, potentially covering the -2.5 points spread. USC's offensive firepower and defensive capabilities make them the team to watch in this game.

 

Pick: USC ML +125

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