USC faces red-hot Notre Dame team

Fighting Irish looking to win second in a row over Trojans

Updated: October 20, 2011, 4:10 PM ET
By Erik McKinney |
Neither the USC Trojans nor the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will enter Saturday night's game ranked in the top 25, but Saturday's 83rd installment of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football will carry plenty of significance for both teams, as a win or loss for these teams could shape the rest of their respective seasons. The Fighting Irish (4-2 overall) are riding a four-game winning streak with an offense clicking better than it has previously with head coach Brian Kelly. In the first night game at Notre Dame Stadium in 21 years, the Irish will host the Trojans (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12), who are looking to start a new winning streak against Notre Dame after last season's tough loss.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesUSC's secondary will have its hands full trying to cover Notre Dame senior wide receiver Michael Floyd.
• Scoring offense: 32.3 points per game (No. 36 overall)
• Rushing offense: 194 yards per game (No. 30 overall)
• Passing offense: 273.5 yards per game (No. 29 overall)
• Total offense: 467.5 yards per game (No. 22 overall)