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Notre Dame vs. USC Odds

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LOS ANGELES (The Spread) – No. 1 Notre Dame looks to punch its ticket to the BCS National Championship Game on Saturday when it hits the road to face USC at 8PM ET on ABC.

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Notre Dame is 11-0 on the season and 4-0 on the road while USC is 7-4 overall and 4-1 at home. The Trojans are just 3-8 against the spread this year while the Fighting Irish are 6-5 ATS. The road team has won the last three games in this series.

Trends show that Notre Dame is just 3-7 against the spread in its last 10 meetings with the Trojans and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 trips to USC. These two teams have combined to hit the under in 4 of their last 5 encounters.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Notre Dame is a slight favorite on the road, as the Fighting Irish have odds of -5.5 points at USC. The over/under total for the game has been set at 46 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Notre Dame favored by 7 points. The spread never got any higher than that. The odds hit a low of 5 points before closing at Notre Dame -5.5.

Notre Dame is coming off a 38-0 win over Wake Forest last week. The Fighting Irish have won their last two games by a double-digit margin. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging just 27.2 points per game on offense. Defensively, the Irish lead the nation in scoring, allowing just 10.1 points per game. The offense is being led by the running back tandem of Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood, who have combined for 1,454 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground.

USC is coming off a 38-28 loss at UCLA last week. The Trojans have lost three of their last four games and will be without starting quarterback, Matt Barkley, for this game. Barkley had thrown for 3,273 yards and 36 touchdowns on the season, but is injured and won’t be able to play against Notre Dame. Max Wittek will play instead. He has thrown just nine passes this year. USC is averaging 36.1 points per game on offense this year while allowing 24.8 points per contest on defense.

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In terms of Injuries, Notre Dame nose tackle Kona Schwenke is questionable with a shoulder injury while tackle Tate Nichols is questionable with a knee injury. USC tight end Christian Thomas is questionable due to a hip injury while tackle Aundrey Walker is questionable with a neck injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are getting 61% of the wagers with odds of -5.5 points at USC on Saturday night.

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