Notre Dame football: Welcome to Beat SC week

Week 12 of the college football season has come and gone with some close calls ,

and a top-five ranked team getting boat-raced out of the College Football Playoff conversation.

Notre Dame handled its business in a big way Saturday, blowing out Boston College, 44-0.  

The 0-2 start to the season feels like a lifetime ago. The Irish have won eight of nine contests since,

 It might not have been the route Notre Dame fans would have chosen,

 but the program has clearly grown in 2022. Now it closes the year with a trip to take on its biggest rival.

USC held on for a victory Saturday night at UCLA and improved to 10-1.

Its only loss is by a single point at Utah in October, and it features one of the Heisman Trophy favorites through 12 weeks.

With Tennessee getting destroyed by South Carolina and exiting the playoff conversation,

but if USC wins out it will add wins over both ranked Notre Dame and probably ranked Oregon,

which should be enough to get it into the playoff.

I’ve spoken to Matt Zemek at Trojans Wire for a number of years about the Notre Dame-USC rivalry

Simply put: USC has everything left to play for in 2022.


College Football Playoff rankings projection following Week 11