USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 11/26/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-7) at USC Trojans (8-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: USC Trojans -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to play the USC Trojans in a non-conference college football rivalry game on Saturday.
The USC Trojans are 8-3 (7-2) this season after beating UCLA by a score of 36-14 in their last game. USC has won 7 games in a row and is currently 2nd in the PAC-12 South standings. The USC offense is averaging 31.8 points per game with 207.3 rushing yards and 266.8 passing yards per game. Sam Darnold is completing 68.3% of his passes for 2428 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions for USC. Ronald Jones has rushed for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Justin Davis has added 528 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Trojans. JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 59 passes for 758 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Darrues Rogers has caught 47 passes for 605 yards and 3 touchdowns for USC. The USC defense is giving up 21.7 points per game with 131.8 rushing yards and 222.7 passing yards per game. Cameron Smith has led the USC defense with 69 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Porter Gustin has added 56 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Matt Boermeester has gone 14-19 on field goals, with a long of 49 yards.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4-7 this season after losing to Virginia Tech by a score of 34-31 in their last game. Notre Dame has lost 4 of their last 6 games and has really struggled to be consistent this season. The Notre Dame offense is averaging 31.3 points per game with 164.2 rushing yards and 254.3 passing yards per game. DeShone Kizer is completing 59.3% of his passes for 2705 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions for Notre Dame. Josh Adams has rushed for 753 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Kizer has added 509 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish. Equanimeous St. Brown has caught 51 passes for 867 yards and 8 touchdowns, while C.J. Sanders has caught 24 passes for 293 yards and 2 scores for Notre Dame. The Notre Dame defense is giving up 26.3 points per game with 180.2 rushing yards and 195.6 passing yards per game. Nyles Morgan has led the Notre Dame defense with 87 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks, while James Onwualu has added 70 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Justin Yoon has gone 13-16 on field goals, with a long of 40 yards.
Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the PAC-12. The under is 5-1 in Notre Dame’s last 6 games. USC is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The under is 7-0 in USC’s last 7 games. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Notre Dame comes into this game after a disappointing season, while USC has played great in recent games. The USC defense has been very good this season and should give Notre Dame some issues. I like USC to pull away in the second half, but I also like the over in this game.