USC at Notre Dame - 10/17/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Cal Trojans (3-2) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -6.5 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
The USC Trojans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet late Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium.
The USC Trojans could use a big road victory after splitting their last four games. Cody Kessler is completing 695 percent of his passes for 1,453 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Kessler has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree' Jackson have combined for 815 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Steven Mitchell Jr. has 15 receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 178 yards per contest, and Tre Madden leads the way with 333 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 17.4 points and 387.8 yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the Trojans with 42 tackles, Su'a Cravens has two sacks and Iman Marshall has two pass deflections. Darreus Rogers and Khaliel Rodgers are questionable while Steven Mitchell is doubtful.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking to remain unbeaten at home and become bowl eligible once again. DeShone Kizer is completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 1,143 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Kizer has thrown a pick in four straight games. Will Fuller and Chris Brown have combined for 888 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while C.J. Prosise has 13 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 238 yards per contest, and Prosise leads the way with 779 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 21.2 points and 333.7 yards per game. Jaylon Smith leads the Irish with 42 tackles, Sheldon Day has two sacks and Cole Luke has two interceptions.
The Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games. The Fighting Irish are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games in October. The favorite is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings.
I’m not sure how the letting go of Steve Sarkisian in the middle of the week is going to impact the USC Trojans. However, I do know that USC is extremely talented, especially on the offensive side of the ball and they beat the hell out of Notre Dame last season. The Irish are a good team in their own right but besides the game against Clemson, they haven’t truly been tested.
I like USC and the points regardless of its coaching situation.