Notre Dame Vs. USC

Date: Nov. 29, 2014.

Site: Los Angeles Coliseum (93,607).

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

Television: FOX.

Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).

Series Facts: This is the 85th meeting between Notre Dame and USC. The Irish lead the all-time series 43‑34‑5.

Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (44‑19, fifth season); USC — Steve Sarkisian (41‑33, sixth season, first at USC).

Noting USC: This year’s matchup with Notre Dame marks the 1,200th game in USC football history, and the Trojans boast an 803-327-54 (.701) all-time record (not including 14 wins and one loss vacated due to NCAA penalty) … This is only the 12th time that both the Irish and Trojans have been unranked going into the game (Notre Dame has an 8-3 mark in those meetings) … All told, USC is 11-13-1 against unranked Irish teams … USC is 16-20-4 against Notre Dame in games immediately following the UCLA game, including 7-11-1 when the Trojans are coming off a loss to the Bruins … USC and Notre Dame have beaten each other more than any other opponent (not including one USC win vacated due to NCAA penalty) … After losing eight straight games in the series from 2002-09, the Irish have won three of four since Kelly took over in South Bend … At age 40, Sarkisian is currently the eighth-youngest head coach in college football … The Trojans returned 16 starters (eight on offense and eight on defense) from last year’s squad, but no more than 57 recruited scholarship Trojans have suited up for any game in 2014 because of NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations … Eleven true freshmen have seen significant action for USC, including eight that have posted 45 starts … USC’s starting offensive line features two first-year freshmen (tackle Toa Lobendahn and guard Viane Talamaivao), a redshirt freshman (guard Khaliel Rodgers), a redshirt sophomore (tackle Zach Banner) and a true junior (center Max Tuerk) … Freshman Adoree’ Jackson has been used as a three-way player in six games in 2014, seeing action on offense as a wide receiver, on defense as a cornerback, and on special teams as a returner and in coverage … USC was one of six teams to play its first six games against teams that posted a winning record in 2013, a stretch during which it went 4-2 … The Trojans have outscored foes by 100 points in the first quarter and have yet to allow an opponent to score on its opening possession this season … USC sophomore safety/linebacker Su’a Cravens is a distant cousin to former Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o … The Trojans and Irish are two of only three teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision that have never played a Football Championship Subdivision team in their respective histories, with UCLA being the other.

Quoting Kelly

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Notre Dame will have its hands full with USC’s prolific passing attack, and Brian Kelly will attempt to become the second Irish head coach to win three straight games against the Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum while Steve Sarkisian will try to become the third USC head coach to defeat Notre Dame in his first try.