USC at Notre Dame: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

USC at Notre Dame: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1) vs USC Trojans (3-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)

Betting Odds: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7 -- Over/Under: 58 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The USC Trojans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in a non-conference college football showdown at Notre Dame Stadium. When these two faced off in 2019, Notre Dame won 30-17. 

The USC Trojans have already made a coaching change this season, and they have really struggled sitting with a 3-3 record overall. In the last game, USC’s defense gave up 42 points to Utah, and that led to the loss. Two games ago the defense gave up only 14 points to Colorado, and the defense needs to get back to the old ways in this game. USC is averaging 32.2 points while the defense is giving up 27.3 points per game. Under center is Kedon Slovis who has thrown for 1,519 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who sit with a 5-1 record overall and their only loss came against the Cincinnati Bearcats. In the last game they did bounce against the Virginia Tech Hokies they won by three points. Jack Coan and Tyler Buchner both played last season under center and it’s unclear what the rotation will be like in this game. Running back Kyren Williams has been the top running back rushing for 370 yards and four touchdowns. 

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USC is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games. Notre Dame is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. The favorite is 6-2 in the last eight meetings. The home team is 6-1 in the last seven meetings. 

If this was the first couple of weeks,I would probably have sided with USC, but now this looks like a team that has quit. Look for USC to struggle to score and that will be the difference in this game. Back Notre Dame to win the game and cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Notre Dame -7

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