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What’s next for USC football? The Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Orange County Register

USC (5-6) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0)

When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Where: Coliseum

Watch/listen: ABC/710 AM

USC update: The Trojans’ season continued to collapse with a loss to crosstown rival UCLA for the first time since 2014, ending a three-game winning streak in the series, and dropping their record below .500. It was their first loss to the Bruins under Coach Clay Helton. In order to make a bowl game, the Trojans will need to upset undefeated Notre Dame. … With the loss to UCLA, the Trojans have lost to all three in-state rivals, also including Cal and Stanford, for the first time since 1996 and only the sixth time in school history. … After the loss to the Bruins, Helton, the embattled third-year coach, deferred questions about his job status to athletic director Lynn Swann, who was not made available for comment. … The 313 rushing yards allowed by the Trojans against UCLA were the most this season and most since last season’s drubbing at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame update: The Fighting Irish look bound for the College Football Playoff following a 36-3 rout of Syracuse on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. It was an impressive win as the Orange had been ranked No. 12 in last week’s CFP rankings. … Notre Dame handled USC a 49-14 beatdown last season in South Bend, Ind.,  but it has not won at the Coliseum since 2012, when it faced a similar situation, arriving undefeated and headed to the BCS national championship game. It lost by double-digits to the Trojans in Los Angeles in 2016 and 2014. … The last undefeated season for Notre Dame was 1988 when it won its last national title. … In the win over Syracuse, starting quarterback Ian Book returned from injury and threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns. … Notre Dame is 20th in the nation in total defense, giving up 321 yards, and held Syracuse to a season-low 234 yards of offense.

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