It’s not often that we pick a game with two unranked teams for BHGP. And other than September non-conference or bowl games, we don’t do the intersectional thing much either. But this is college football’s top inter-sectional rivalry: USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Both are on the cusp of the AP top 25, so winner gets a national ranking.
USC has won 11 of the last 14. Notre Dame had an 11-game winning streak from 1983-1995.
This rivalry began in 1926, when Knute Rockne became the first Midwestern coach to take a team to the West Coast (Notre Dame won 13-12) and the teams have meet every season since (taking 1943-45 off due to travel restrictions during World War II).
The Fighting Irish opened the year with back-to-back losses against South Florida and Michigan, but have responded with four straight wins, including a 31-13 win over then No. 15 Michigan State. The victory over the Spartans was the first in which the Irish held on to the ball. (They were an absolute turn...