It’s now the part of the college football season when teams need to reach a little deeper to get the victory. That’s because it is rivalry week with several major rivalries popping up on the college football schedule this Saturday. One of the biggest rivalries occurring this week will be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish visiting the University of Southern California Trojans.
Both squads are coming off of very disheartening losses and sit at 7-4 on the season. While both teams were also nationally ranked at one point this year, and even in consideration for the first ever college football playoffs, Notre Dame and USC are no longer in the Top 25 and will be playing solely for pride this Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Currently, fans looking to go to the game will find the average price on the secondary market for Notre Dame vs. USC tickets to be $229 with a get-in price of $88. It is one of the ten most expensive games of the week, but the price has dropped considerably over the course of the season since both teams have fallen out of the race for playoff consideration.
USC had arguably the most impressive win of the early year when they visited Stanford and won 13-10. It was a good early sign for rookie coach Steve Sarkisian and a sign that USC may be ready to compete on the national scene this year. But a week later, they fell 37-31 to a woefully under talented Boston College team. Since then, they’ve lost three other games, including last week’s 38-20 drumming by the hands of the Bruins of UCLA.
Notre Dame began the year 6-0 and headed to Tallahassee to face an undefeated Florida State Seminoles team at Doak Campbell Stadium. An offensive pass interference penalty nullified an Irish touchdown in the final moments and Notre Dame lost 31-27 in heartbreaking fashion. Since then, they’ve won just one game – a 49-49 victory over Navy – and have lost three straight with the two most recent losses coming in South Bend. This past Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Louisville was a difficult pill to swallow, with the Irish missing a field goal with less than a minute left to tie it, but several young players had impressive games, leading one to believe the future is bright for Notre Dame.
Whenever these two teams get on the gridiron together, it is always an exciting and entertaining event. Last year, the Irish won a tight one 14-10 in South Bend and the last time these two teams faced off in California, Notre Dame pulled off a 22-13 victory en route to an undefeated 12-0 regular season. Everyone remembers Notre Dame’s dismal appearance in the national title game against Alabama, but the Trojans gave ND quite a scare in that final game with a Notre Dame goal line stand being the difference in the game. The Trojans haven’t won this game since 2011 with back-to-back losses, so this would be a good final chapter to Sarkisian’s first regular season at the helm.
So even though the Irish and the Trojans aren’t in the national title hunt this year, chances are this could end up being the best game of the entire weekend.