#15 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 USC


“Are you able to print?” — Ara Parseghian when requested in regards to the USC horse “Traveler”

Exterior of the Navy sport, the sport I most prefer to stay up for is the “best intersectional rivalry” in faculty soccer – Notre Dame vs. USC.

Whereas I would like the sport to be performed at Notre Dame Stadium quite than the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as a consequence of the truth that I’m nonetheless traumatized by childhood recollections of 1972 and 1974 of Trojan working again Anthony Davis dancing on his knees within the zone Last.

Sure, the story has nothing to do with the sport annually, however the tales add to the legacy and lore of the rivalry.

What number of of you bear in mind or have heard of Ara’s 1973 speech?

Ara hated the USC horse “Traveler” and set the Notre Dame college students on hearth on the Stepan Heart when he introduced out a white horse and stated, “We stole the mascot” and the place went loopy.

Maybe we’d like just a little extra “psychological warfare” right this moment to hype up the fanbase and add to the sport’s storyline.

USC enters Saturday’s sport No. 5 within the AP Prime 25 Ballot with a 10-1 document and has a little bit of swagger after beating rival UCLA 48-45, whereas Thirteenth-ranked Notre Dame has the chance to repay the favor (recalling historical past and 1964) of eliminating the Trojans from the nationwide championship dialog with just a little “Irish” luck.


Notre Dame wins the coin toss and defers to manage the second half, and with an excellent run sport and a “imply” Irish protection, the Irish finish the “excessive octane” Trojan offense to win 28-17 to complete the season at 9-3.

Notre Dame 28 USC 17

Tip of Len’s tailgate – Soften in your mouth Gameday Ribs