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  1. Post-spring update: USC

    Jul 7, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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    No game means more to Notre Dame fans than the annual battle with USC. As we finish our post-spring viewing of the Irish’s 2014 opponents, let’s take a closer look at college football’s greatest intersectional rivalry.

  2. Irish offense catches USC with an up-tempo attack

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

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    In the afterglow (or more appropriately, aftermath) of Notre Dame’s 14-10 victory over USC, most of the talk on the offensive side of the ball has been about Andrew Hendrix‘s struggles and the hit that knocked Tommy Rees out of the game. But before either of those things occurred, the Irish offense had a breakthrough.…

  3. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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    On a weekend where five ranked teams have already fallen, and a few more are likely to go down as well, Notre Dame and USC will battle to see who can likely work their way back into the Top 25. The battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh might not be the highest profile game of the…

  4. IBG: USC edition

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Is it me, or are we all a little bit subdued about this weekend’s football game? Whether or not Lane Kiffin is still on the sidelines, there’s no bigger game this year (or at least from now until Stanford) for the Irish. The Trojans come to town for their biannual October trip to the Midwest,…

  5. On a schedule filled with big games, Trojans are Irish’s true rival

    Oct 15, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Nothing seems to get people excited like talking about rivalries. Just ask Brian Kelly, who kicked a hornet’s nest earlier this year when talking about Michigan. But as Kelly spoke with the media today about the Irish’s annual match-up with USC, it was clear that this game is the true rival that means the most…

  6. Notre Dame-USC football series extended

    Jun 26, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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    While changes may be coming to Notre Dame’s upcoming football schedules, the yearly rivalry with USC is going nowhere. USC announced the extension of the classic intersectional rivalry through the 2023 season. The series will continue rotating seasons in Los Angeles and South Bend, with USC home games played Thanksgiving weekend and Notre Dame hosting…

  7. Five things we learned: USC 31, Notre Dame 17

    Oct 23, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The stage was set for magic. Notre Dame Stadium was electric, bringing the evening to life on the type of crisp autumn night that football was meant to be played on. In Southern Cal and Notre Dame, two of college football’s most storied programs had the perfect canvas for another classic…

  8. Under the lights: Tonight can help define Tommy Rees

    Oct 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When the Irish finally broke the eight-year hex the Trojans had cast over them, it wasn’t because of their freshman quarterback. In a season that saw Tommy Rees become one of the biggest surprises on the roster, on a rain-soaked night in Los Angeles, Rees threw three interceptions and nearly gave…

  9. Irish brace for biggest recruiting weekend ever

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    There are recruiting weekends, and then there are big recruiting weekends. But to get a feel for just how big this recruiting weekend will be for Notre Dame, take the biggest Irish recruiting weekend in recent memory and add about 30 more prospects. As the weekend approaches, Notre Dame’s coaching staff gears up for some…

  10. And in that corner… The USC Trojans

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    We’re a little over three days from the primetime affair with Lane Kiffin’s USC Trojans in Notre Dame Stadium. With subplots like the health of USC’s Marc Tyler and Notre Dame’s Ethan Johnson, recruiting battles being held on the Irish’s turf, and All-American wide receiver candidates like Michael Floyd and Robert Woods, this game doesn’t…

  11. Kiffin talks Irish, looks back at last year

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Lane Kiffin spent about ten minutes in total answering questions about the upcoming game against Notre Dame. Even though he did his best to keep it mostly coachspeak, a few comments he made will certainly raise some eyebrows amongst ND Nation, and likely find the way onto a bulletin board or two in the Gug.…

  12. What though the odds: ND beat USC despite field position

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Last season’s Irish victory over the Trojans will be remembered for many things — a rain-soaked evening, Robert Hughes’ power running, Ronald Johnson’s dropped pass, and the Irish defense’s gutsy performance. The 20-16 victory ended an eight-game losing streak for Notre Dame against Southern Cal, and while history will likely remember the Irish’s two-minute drill…

  13. Haden doesn’t like night kickoff for USC/ND game

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    While this is hardly the type of bulletin board material that will get a football team fired up, USC athletic director Pat Haden took a minor shot at the team he covered from the broadcast booth. Haden was surprisingly unenthusiastic about the primetime kickoff for the Irish-Trojan showdown this October, a decision just announced by…

  14. Irish and Trojans set for prime-time

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

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    As if you needed another reason to get excited for the Trojans to return to South Bend, Notre Dame announced today that the game will be played in prime-time, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff planned for the October 22nd showdown. The match-up is the first home night game the Irish have played in 21 years,…

  15. Kelly recaps USC, talks bowl prep

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    There was no Tuesday morning press conference this week, and players and coaches will not be made available to the media this week. That said, Kelly gave some insight into what was going to happen this week during a Q&A he did with the voice of the Irish radio broadcast, Don Cirqui, who filled in…

  16. The good, the bad, the ugly: USC

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Ronald Johnson still dropped it. That’s the thing most Irish fans have to be saying to themselves after Saturday’s 20-16 victory over the Trojans, where Notre Dame survived four turnovers to beat USC for the first time since 2001. When wrapping up the game, USC head coach Lane Kiffin had this to say. “None of…

  17. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — In the end, the skies opened up and the streak finally ended. Rain swept through Los Angeles and washed the slate clean, as Notre Dame turned the tide on a woefully one-sided rivalry of late, holding on to beat Southern Cal 20-16 in rainy Los Angeles. After nearly a decade of lopsided…

  18. Front and center for Irish finale

    Nov 27, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — It’s a cool, breezy evening in Los Angeles (cool being relative to the city, not the rest of the country, obviously) as the Irish prepare to take on their arch-rival USC Trojans in the regular season finale for Notre Dame. It’s a weird crowd outside the Coliseum, with Trojan tailgaters only mildly…

  19. Revisionist history shouldn’t comfort Trojan fans

    Nov 27, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    We’ve done our best to stick to just football this week. Whether it be unsettling reports in the media regarding the Lizzy Seeberg case or sticking to just on-the-field matters when it comes to discussing USC and the major sanctions the NCAA imposed on its athletic department, we decided to stay in the football writing…

  20. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 25, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Can you believe this is it for the 2010 Irish football regular season? In many ways it feels like the Charlie Weis era is so far behind us with all that’s transpired, but it feels like Year One of the Brian Kelly era has just begun. We’ll have one more game after this Saturday to…

  21. IBG: Day of reckoning in the Coliseum

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The one bad thing about USC week when the game is in Los Angeles is that most people step away from college football for things like… well, Thanksgiving. And while only 46 percent of the country may be able to see this game (it’ll likely go up as ABC realizes how dumb their original coverage…

  22. Coverage map victory for ND/USC game

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    After inexplicably giving most of the country the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game, ABC and ESPN announced changes to their coverage map for Saturday night’s game between Notre Dame and USC. According to the Notre Dame athletic department, ABC has made revisions and now the New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh markets have changed…

  23. Tuesdays with BK: USC edition

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

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    As he does every Tuesday at noon, Brian Kelly met with the assembled media to discuss the upcoming game and the state of the program. This week’s subject, the vaunted USC Trojans. Here’s what Kelly had to say about playing Lane Kiffin’s troops, the walking wounded on the Irish roster, the transformation of his team,…