Notre Dame vs. USC Prediction
Will No. 3 Notre Dame have any struggles when it goes on the road this evening to face USC at 8PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
225 Notre Dame at 226 USC
Saturday, November 24, 2018
8PM ET – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Notre Dame is favored on the road, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -11 points against USC. The over/under total for the game is currently listed at 54 points. The public betting currently has 90 percent going on Notre Dame on the road.
USC looking for bowl bid
The USC Trojans are coming off a 34-27 loss at UCLA last week for their second consecutive loss. USC is now 5-6 overall, 3-8 against the spread and 6-5 with the over. The Trojans have failed to cover in four of their last five games.
USC hasn’t been doing very well on offense, averaging just 26.9 points and 377.1 yards per game. Their rushing attack is just 102nd nationally, putting up only 138.1 yards per game. Aca’Cedric Ware is the leading rusher with 757 yards and six touchdowns, but he is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury. JT Daniels has thrown for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead the offense, but he also has 10 interceptions. Defensively, USC is giving up 27.3 points and 380.4 yards per contest.
Irish keep rolling
Notre Dame stayed unbeaten last week with a dominant 36-3 win over Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. The Fighting Irish are 11-0 overall, 7-3-1 against the spread and 6-5 with the over. Notre Dame is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four games
Notre Dame is strong on both sides of the ball. The Fighting Irish are allowing just 17.3 points and 321.4 yards per game, both of which rank in the top 20 in the country. Offensively, ND is putting up 34.6 points and 454.9 yards per game. Ian Book has led the offense with 2,116 yards and 17 touchdowns passing this year. Dexter Williams is the leading rusher with 844 yards and 11 touchdowns while Miles Boykin has caught 51 passes for 730 yards and eight scores.
College Football Betting Trends
USC is 2-8-1 against the spread in its last 11 games on grass and 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
Notre Dame is 4-0-1 against the spread in its last five road games, but just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games in November.
I have been waiting for the shoe to drop on Notre Dame for weeks and the Irish keep putting up big performances. With this being their last chance to influence the playoff committee, I don’t think the Irish will have a letdown tonight. USC is a team that is likely heading toward big changes in the 2019 season, so I don’t see a lot of fight coming from them. The Irish have too many weapons on both sides of the ball to let this one get risky.
College Football Prediction: Notre Dame/USC Over 54