USC vs. Notre Dame Pick & Prediction 10/19/13

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The USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going to be clashing on the gridiron on Saturday, October 19th as a part of Week 8 college football odds. Join us at Cappers Info as we highlight some of the best NCAA football picks that you’ll find on the internet!

Week 8 NCAA Football Pick: USC Trojans @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, October 19th, 7:30 ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Week 8 Betting Odds: Notre Dame -3 (Off)
USC vs. Notre Dame Live TV: NBC

It really seems on paper that the oddsmakers are telling us that the Trojans are at least the same team as Notre Dame, if not the better of these two teams. That seems odd to think about, knowing that USC really hasn’t put together a full game yet this season, while Notre Dame has the exact same 4-2 record against a significantly harder schedule than the Men of Troy have played. QB Tommy Rees is a backup quarterback by nature, and he is proving why he probably wasn’t the right man for the job last year in the National Championship Game season. However, he’s the best that the Golden Domers have, and that’s basically the same feeling that we have for USC and why the Trojans are using QB Cody Kessler under center. There just isn’t that much of a hope for a great quarterback at this point for either school, and that’s going to cause a lot of inconsistencies for both teams.

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The difference that we see is that USC really has to have a feeling that it can win this one. With Lane Kiffin gone and Head Coach Ed Orgeron taking over, the team has a sense of “nothing to lose.” This is the type of game that can change the whole season for the Trojans and perhaps get them back in the Top 25 in the land. They aren’t out of the Pac-12 title race by any stretch of the imagination, and though this isn’t a game that will have any effect on that whatsoever, it is still a game that is incredibly important. Kessler has gotten his act together, and with both WR Marqise Lee and RB Silas Redd back in the fold, we think that the Trojans are set for a bust out game in which they really prove that they are still one of the elite teams in the nation. Notre Dame is certainly on modest upset alert.

USC vs. Notre Dame Pick: USC Trojans +3
USC @ Notre Dame Score Prediction: USC 28 – Notre Dame 24

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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