Best: The Trojans come in to this game sandwiched between a rivalry game against UCLA, as well as a projected Pac 12 Championship game. The new USC quarterback, whoever that may be at this point, is in the toughest stretch of his young career, and that provides slight distraction that allows an opening for the Irish. The USC offensive line is outplayed by a hungrier Notre Dame defensive line, limiting big play opportunities.
The game turns into a defensive battle, but secondary issues allow for a couple chances for Wimbush to make some deep throws. As a result, Notre Dame can edge out the Trojans. I don’t see this being a replay of last season’s 49-14 blowout victory.
Worst: Speaking of last season’s 49-14 victory (I just love mentioning that,) the Trojans come out angry and looking for revenge. The quarterback is fully developed at this point in the season, and can play every bit as good, if not better, than Sam Darnold.
The depth of the offensive line allows the Trojans to rotate in and out, keeping each other fresh. This allows time for the quarterback to make the big plays to the talented receiving group, led by Tyler Vaughns. USC’s defense also takes command of the game, thanks in part to the defensive line and linebackers, lead by defensive end Porter Gustin and linebacker Cam Smith. USC is able to dominate the Irish, not quite 49-14, but it may feel that way.