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College Football Betting Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC Trojans

October 14, 2023


The 10th-ranked USC Trojans will travel to Notre Dame, Indiana to face the 21st-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday evening at 7:30 PM with the game airing nationally on NBC.

The USC Trojans enter this game ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 9th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 6-0 following a 43-41 triple-overtime win at home against the Arizona Wildcats while failing to cover the 21-point spread as a home favorite in week 6 of the college football season. USC scored 43 points while compiling a total of 365 total yards offensively which included 219 passing yards and 146 rushing yards while allowing 41 points and 506 total yards defensively which included 303 passing yards and 203 rushing yards. Caleb Williams led the team in passing, completing 14 of 25 attempts for 219 yards and a touchdown while adding 41 rushing yards and three touchdowns. MarShawn Lloyd led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. Brenden Rice led the team in receiving, catching four of six targets for 96 yards.

Notre Dame enters this game ranked 21st in the AP Poll and 21st in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-2 following a 20-33 loss on the road against the Louisville Cardinals while failing to cover the 6.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 6 of the college football season. The Fighting Irish scored 20 points while compiling a total of 298 yards offensively which included 254 passing yards and 44 rushing yards while allowing 33 points and 330 total yards defensively which included 145 passing yards and 185 rushing yards. Sam Hartman led the team in passing, completing 22 of 38 attempts for 254 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Jeremiyah Love led the team in rushing with five carries for 37 yards while adding two receptions for 16 yards. Mitchell Evans led the team in receiving, catching four of seven targets for 71 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish listed as 3-point favorites at home against the USC Trojans on Saturday evening in week 7 of the college football season. Notre Dame has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while both teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten and the Trojans are 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings. USC is 2-4 ATS overall and 0-2 ATS on the road this season while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4-2-1 ATS overall, 1-1-1 ATS at home, and 4-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.

USC may be entering the game with a better record, however, they have struggled to cover the spread this season going 2-4 ATS overall while Notre Dame is 4-2-1 ATS overall. The Fighting Irish have also been the dominant team in the series winning seven of the previous ten and two of the last three meetings. I look for those trends to continue on Saturday evening when they travel to take on the Fighting Irish which is why I am taking the Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3 at home against the USC Trojans on Saturday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3