USC vs. Notre Dame Free Pick
After a tumultuous week, the USC Trojans head to South Bend for a game tonight versus No. 14 Notre Dame at 7:30PM ET.
USC AD Pat Haden had a hell of a week. After learning that head coach Steve Sarkisian was not at practice on Sunday, he announced that Sarkisian would be placed on an indefinite leave of absence. After looking into the situation further over the next 24 hours, Haden determined that Sarkisian "did not meet USC's standards" and fired the coach amidst rumors that Sarkisian showed up to meetings seemingly intoxicated. Reports surfaced that Sarkisian had appeared to be under the influence at a team function in August.
Now the Trojans have to travel to South Bend and attempt to win with interim head coach and offensive coordinator Clay Helton. Good luck.
Notre Dame ranks 14th in the nation in total yards (503.5 YPG) and 12th in passing yards allowed (155.7). It'll be difficult for Cody Kessler to move the ball as easily tonight as he's had at times this year and even if he does, USC's defense is allowing 387.8 total yards per game this year.
The favorite is 10-4 against the spread in the last 14 meetings between these two teams. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Mybookie.ag, the Irish are 4.5-point favorites while the total is sitting at 61 points. Lay the 4.5.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 7 FREE PICK: NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH -4.5