Notre Dame, undefeated at 10-0 on the season, has its sights set solely on Saturday’s matchup with Syracuse in Yankee Stadium. That game will kickoff at 2:30 pm ET and can be seen on NBC. The Fighting Irish, ranked No. 3 in the country according to the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, will look to improve to 11-0 heading into the season-finale in Los Angeles against the USC Trojans (5-5).
On Monday, the kickoff time for that final test out west was announced. According to John Heisler, Notre Dame’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Media and Broadcast Relations, the Fighting Irish and Trojans will kickoff at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Nov. 24 and air on ABC.
Up next, USC has a road test against UCLA (2-8) this upcoming weekend.
The Trojans made their way to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish last season. It ended bad for USC, as Notre Dame was able to get a 49-14 victory. In the prior, as the Irish traveled out west, USC secured a 45-27 win at home.
Notre Dame and USC have faced off 89 times with the Fighting Irish leading the all-time series 47-37-5. The largest margin of victory for Notre Dame was a 51-0 defeat of the Trojans back in 1966. The longest win streak is also in favor of the Irish, as Notre Dame won 11 straight games from 1983-1993.
The winner of this year’s game, as it happens annually, will receive the Jeweled Shillelagh. The trophy was introduced in 1952 to commemorate the first game in the series played on December 4, 1926. The trophy was donated by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Los Angeles, stating that “this shillelagh will serve to symbolize in part the high tradition, the keen rivalry, and above all the sincere respect which these two great universities have for each other.”
For Notre Dame, quarterback Ian Book is 152 of 204 (74.5 percent) for 1,824 yards, 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Running back Dexter Williams leads the way with 113 carries for 770 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 10 scores. Wide receiver Miles Boykin has 44 catches for 654 yards and 8 touchdowns. Defensively, linebacker Te’von Coney has 87 total tackles. Defensive end Khalid Kareem leads the way with 10 tackles for loss. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery is on top with 7 sacks. Safety Jalen Elliott has the lead with 3 interceptions.
For USC, quarterback JT Daniels has completed 159 of 278 passes (57.1 percent) for 1,986 yards, 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Running back Aca’Cedric Ware has 106 carries for 749 yards and 6 touchdowns. Fellow back Vavae Malepeai actually leads the way with 7 scores. Wide reciver Tyler Vaughns has the most receptions on the team at 45. Michael Pittman leads the way in yards and touchdowns at 561 and 6 respectively. Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, the younger brother of former Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, is also having a good season. He has 44 catches for 558 yards and 2 scores. Defensively, linebacker John Houston leads the way with 63 tackles. Linebacker Porter Gustin, who only played in six games this year due to missing the year with a fractured ankle, still as the team-lead with 10 tackles for loss. Defensive backs Ajene Harris and Marvell Tell III each have an interception this season.
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