Notre Dame-USC Series Notes
• Notre Dame and USC will be meeting for the 82nd time. The Irish lead the all-time series 42-34-5 overall, but the Trojans own a 21-17-4 advantage in games played in Los Angeles. The teams have met twice at a neutral site (Soldier Field in Chicago) in 1927 and 1929.
• Notre Dame's 42 wins over USC are the most for any Trojan opponent. California is second with 30 wins over USC.
• The Irish compiled an unbeaten streak of 13 games against USC from 1983-1995. The Irish won 11 straight games from 1983-93, but a 17-17 tie in 1994 (at USC) ended the streak. Notre Dame won in 1995 and a Trojan 27-20 overtime victory in 1996 (Lou Holtz's final game as Irish coach) ended the 13-game unbeaten run. Some notable Irish wins during that 13-game run:
- 28-24 victory over #9 USC in 1989 (Irish ranked #1 at the time)
- 38-10 victory over #5 USC in 1995 (Irish ranked #17 at the time)
- 25-24 victory in 1999 (USC led 24-3 before a furious comeback gave Notre Dame the victory)
• From 1965 to 1982, either Notre Dame or USC was ranked in the top 20 entering the game. In fact, both teams were ranked in the top 20 in each series meeting from 1972-79. In that eight-year span, USC compiled a 6-2 record, but the two Notre Dame victories (1973, 1977) marked national championship seasons for the Irish.
• It's not unheard of that a national title be at stake for one of the combatants in this rivalry. Seven times Notre Dame has entered the game at USC with a shot at a national crown, only to be defeated (1938, 1948, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1980 and 2006) and an eighth chance was damaged by a tie in 1948. Notre Dame has ruined USC's national title dreams three times: 1947 (38-7), 1952 (9-0) and 1988 (27-10).
• USC's current eight-game win streak against Notre Dame is the longest by the Trojans in the series. The Trojans' won five straight from 1978-1982.
• Notre Dame is 6-6-1 in its last 13 games against USC in the Coliseum, but the Trojans have captured each of the last four meetings. Notre Dame's victories in that span came in 1984 (19-7), 1986 (38-37), 1988 (27-10), 1990 (10-6), 1992 (31-23) and 2000 (38-21). USC has entered the game in Los Angeles ranked no worse than sixth in the country over the last four meetings.
• At least one team has been ranked in the AP Top 25 in 63 of the 71 (.886) meetings since 1936 (the first season of AP national rankings), while both teams have been ranked a total of 29 times.
• Since 1965, the ND-USC game has been nationally televised on 37 occasions (including the 2010 game).