Hype on for Usc-nd tilt
Brian Kelly is in his 10th season as head coach at Notre Dame, and he has managed to take control of the Notre DAME-USC rivalry.
No. 9 Notre Dame (4-1) will host USC (3-2) on Saturday evening in the 91st installment of the storied matchup. The Trojans have won 11 of the past 17 meetings between the programs, but the Fighting Irish are 6-3 since Kelly took over in 2010.
The rivalry with USC remains as special to him as ever.
It’s easy explain why.
“The tradition,” Kelly said to reporters this week. “Going way back, obviously this game being played for so many years as an intersectional rivalry, (and) they’re not up the street. They’re across the country. Great players have played in it. Great coaches that have coached in it. Nationally televised.
“So I just think the history, the tradition of it being played every year, it’s one of those rivalries that hasn’t gone away.
It’s part of college football.”
As is often the case, the game carries high stakes along with history.
In fact, Kelly’s six wins against USC rank third all-time among Notre Dame coaches. He trails only Lou Holtz (nine) and Frank Leahy (eight).
The veteran coach knows better than to take USC lightly. The Trojans have a dynamic offense that has posted
27 points or more in four out of five contests this season.
The only exception was a 28-14 loss at Washington on Sept. 28 in USC’S most recent game before a bye-week last weekend.
Notre Dame is coming off a 52-0 win over Bowling Green last weekend in a tune-up for the Trojans.