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    Mitchell Evans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-2) will host Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans (6-0) on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET, in a battle between a pair of the biggest offensive stars in college football.

    The Fighting Irish are favored, but by less than a touchdown (-3), against the Trojans. The over/under for this matchup is 60.5 points.

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    Game Info for Notre Dame vs. USC

    • Game Day: Saturday, October 14, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: NBC
    • Location: South Bend, Indiana
    • Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium
    Notre Dame vs USC Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Notre Dame -3 -107 -113 60.5 -111 -109 -149 +125

    Notre Dame Pick Insights

    • Notre Dame has gone 4-2-1 ATS this season.
    • Notre Dame has a 4-2 record against the spread this season when favored by 3 points or more.
    • The teams have hit the over in three of Notre Dame’s seven games with a set total.

    Notre Dame Stats & Insights

    • Notre Dame ranks 35th in total offense this season (437.9 yards per game), but has been playing really well on defense, ranking 12th-best in the FBS with 437.9 yards allowed per game.
    • Notre Dame ranks 35th in points scored this year (34.1 points per game), but has been shining on defense, ranking 15th-best in the FBS with 15.9 points allowed per game.
    • Notre Dame ranks 41st in passing yards this season (266.9 per game), but has been thriving on the other side of the ball, ranking third-best in the FBS with 146.6 passing yards allowed per game.
    • Notre Dame is totaling 171 rushing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 54th in the FBS. The team’s defensive unit ranks 61st, allowing 132.9 rushing yards per game.
    • Notre Dame is putting up a 42.7% third-down conversion rate on offense, which ranks them 48th in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, the defense ranks 62nd, giving up a 37.7% third-down conversion rate.
    • With eight forced turnovers (58th in the FBS) against seven turnovers committed (47th in the FBS), Notre Dame’s +1+1 turnover margin ranks 53rd in college football.

    Notre Dame’s Best Players

    • Sam Hartman has thrown for 1,712 yards (244.6 ypg) to lead Notre Dame, completing 64.5% of his passes and collecting 16 touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
    • Audric Estime has racked up 692 yards on 105 carries while finding the end zone seven times as a runner.
    • Jeremiyah Love has racked up 257 yards on 36 carries, scoring one time.
    • Evans’ 343 yards as a receiver pace the team. He’s been targeted 30 times and has totaled 22 receptions and one touchdown.
    • Chris Tyree has caught 14 passes for 293 yards (41.9 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
    • Jayden Thomas has compiled 15 grabs for 228 yards, an average of 32.6 yards per game. He’s scored one time as a receiver this season.
    • Jordan Botelho has racked up two sacks to pace the team, while also picking up two TFL and 18 tackles.
    • Howard Cross III is the team’s tackle leader this year. He’s collected 40 tackles, two TFL, and one sack.
    • Xavier Watts has picked off a team-leading two passes. He also has 28 tackles, one TFL, and three passes defended to his name.

    USC Betting Insights

    • USC is 2-4-0 against the spread this season.
    • Five of USC’s six games with a set total have hit the over (83.3%).

    USC Pick Insights

    • While USC’s defense has been sputtering, ranking 23rd-worst by surrendering 421.3 total yards per game, its offense ranks fourth-best with 523.3 total yards per contest.
    • USC’s offense has been consistently moving the chains, posting 51.8 points per game (best) this season. On defense, it ranks 80th by surrendering 27 points per game.
    • USC ranks 20th-worst in passing yards allowed per game (264.3), but at least it has been getting things done on offense, ranking third-best in passing yards per contest (355.2).
    • In terms of rushing, USC ranks 55th in the FBS on offense (168.2 rushing yards per game) and 92nd on the other side of the ball (157 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • From an offensive perspective, USC is putting up a 42.9% third-down conversion rate (46th-ranked). It ranks 73rd in the FBS on defense (38.9% third-down rate allowed).
    • USC has a top-25 turnover margin this season, ranking 18th-best at +4.

    USC’s Best Players

    • Williams has 1,822 passing yards, or 303.7 per game, so far this season. He has completed 71.3% of his passes and has recorded 22 touchdowns with one interception. He’s also chipped in on the ground with 20.7 rushing yards per game while scoring as a runner six times.
    • MarShawn Lloyd is his team’s leading rusher with 67 carries for 519 yards, or 86.5 per game. He’s found the end zone four times on the ground, as well.
    • Austin Jones has compiled 163 yards on 25 carries with four touchdowns.
    • Tahj Washington has hauled in 456 receiving yards on 21 catches to pace his team so far this season while scoring five touchdowns as a receiver.
    • Brenden Rice has caught 21 passes and compiled 434 receiving yards (72.3 per game) with seven touchdowns.
    • Mario Williams has racked up 206 reciving yards (34.3 ypg) and one touchdown this season.
    • Jamil Muhammad paces the team with six sacks, and also has seven TFL and 16 tackles.
    • Jaylin Smith is the team’s top-tackler this year. He’s totaled 35 tackles and four TFL.
    • Calen Bullock leads the team with one interception, while also putting up 21 tackles and one pass defended.
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