And now with USC's loss to Notre Dame, the Pac-12 is guaranteed to only have one team - at most - end the season with one loss because Washington and Washington State play each other at the end of the season. The public is now putting 73 percent of the wagers on Notre Dame at home. Notre Dame also has committed only eight turnovers this season while USC has 16.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Notre Dame is slightly favored in this game, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -3 points against USC. USC's hopes for a Pac-12 South title and a New Year's Six bowl game are alive and well. It again took the Fighting Irish's offense only three plays to cross the goal line.
6 Notre Dame is seeking its sixth win this season (to become bowl eligible) and 6th straight victory on October 21, dating back to 1978 when it defeated Bill Parcells' Air Force team.
No. 13 Notre Dame will be without senior inside linebacker Greer Martini on Saturday night when it faces No. 11 Southern California.
USC is coming off a 28-27 win over Utah last week to improve to 6-1 on the season. Josh Adams in 2016 had 933 total yards rushing.
As it started 6-1, its best record to begin a season in the years following NCAA sanctions, it routinely came back to win despite trailing at various points in games.
It includes Notre Dame, which would be a near lock for the playoff if it wins out to finish 11-1.
3 There are only three Power 5 Conference teams - Notre Dame, Alabama and TCU - among the 65 to rank in the top 30 nationally in both red zone offense and red zone defense.
Even more impressive is the touchdown percentage. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush has thrown for 783 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 402 yards and eight scores. Only Stanford's Bryce Love ranks ahead of him with a 10.27 average (135 carries, 1,387 yards). Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 16.8 points and 365.7 yards per game. With quarterback Sam Darnold completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 2,063 yards and running back Ronald Jones II having rushed for 640 yards while averaging 6.3 yards per carry, USC should have no trouble moving the ball the way it has all season. The USC Trojans have won four of their last five road games.
The pendulum needs to start swinging back Notre Dame's way (although it doesn't have to be close tonight).