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We’re asking the big questions about USC and Notre Dame this week

We’re asking the big questions about USC and Notre Dame this week

This little snippet from Fighting Irish Wire editor Nick Shepkowski should get your blood pumping before Saturday’s renewal of the USC-Notre Dame rivalry:

“We’re all about to enter an era that this rivalry hasn’t seen in a sustained matter since the seventies,” Shepkowski wrote.

“Yes, there is a lot of hate and a lot of winning between Michigan and Ohio State as well as Alabama and Auburn.  Army and Navy is a classic you can set your watch to, but all things considered, Notre Dame-USC is the best rivalry in college football when both are ticking.”

Nick joined us to answer lots of key questions about Notre Dame and USC. We go “Behind Enemy Lines” as we rev up our coverage of this huge game on Saturday night:

After the Stanford loss, did you think Notre Dame would be 8-3 heading into USC?

Trojans Wire: No

Nick Shepkowski: No

What’s the biggest thing which changed for the Irish after Stanford?

Trojans Wire: offensive line

Nick Shepkowski: Self-acceptance on offense

Is Drew Pyne ready to win this game vs USC?

TW: Yes

Nick Shepkowski: Yes

Is Drew Pyne likely to win?

TW: No

Nick Shepkowski: Pyne alone — no. Notre Dame as a team: very possible.

What is ND’s key weakness on offense in this game?

TW: Non-Michael Mayer second option

Nick Shepkowski: Lack of downfield threat

How many points does ND need to win?

TW: 25

Nick Shepkowski: 32

Can the ND defense hold USC under 30 points?

TW: Yes

Nick Shepkowski: They held Ohio State to 21 in the Shoe. Yes.

Does the Pac-12 make you increase or decrease ND’s odds?

TW: Increase

Nick Shepkowski: Do you mean the fact the conference is again brutal but has figured out a way to sell cannibalizing itself as a strength? …

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