USC at Notre Dame 10/12/19 - College Football Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/06/2019 at 11:14 PM ET

The USC Trojans visit Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday to play the No. 9 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in one of college football’s most storied rivalries. The Trojans had a bye during Week 5 and fell to 3-2 on the season following its 28-14 loss to Washington in its most recent outing. Trojans quarterback Matt Fink threw three interceptions including one at the Washington 1-yard line.

Notre Dame improved to 4-1 on the season following its 52-0 rout of Bowling Green on Saturday. Ian Book led the Fighting Irish offensive onslaught with five touchdown passes and threw just four incompletions in less than three quarters of action. Notre Dame amassed 573 total yards with Tony Jones Jr. rushing for 102 yards on just seven carries. The Irish allowed the Falcons just 228 yards.

Matt Fink has thrown for 514 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions for USC. The leading rusher for the Trojans is Vavae Malepeai with 360 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Pittman Jr. leads all USC receivers with 501 yards and four touchdowns. John Houston Jr. is the leading tackler for USC with 45.

Ian Book has passed for 1,254 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions for Notre Dame. The leading running back for the Fighting Irish is Tony Jones Jr. with 381 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Chase Claypool leads the Irish with 347 yards and four touchdowns. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is Notre Dame’s leader in tackles with 30.

Notre Dame is the overwhelming favorite in this matchup and will run off with a double-digit victory, but not enough to cover the nut. Although USC has gone through three quarterbacks this season due to injury, the Trojans have covered the nut in 4 of the last 5 following a loss ATS and in 17 of the last 25 following a loss straight up. Final Score Prediction, Notre Dame Fighting Irish win but fall short ATS 34-26.

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