USC / Notre Dame Preview Some are calling this the game of the year. The # 1 and defending national champion USC Trojans roll into South Bend to take on the resurgent Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. USC enters this game with the number 1 scoring offense in the nation and a solid defense to boot. Here are some of the keys to the game: USC's keys to victory: 1. Throw the ball early and often. Aaron Corp is completing 77 % of his passes and has 16 TDs. Notre Dame has a good secondary, but is better against the run than the pass. 2. Pressure Dayne Crist. The Irish quarterback has more INTs than TDs this year. Notre Dame's keys to victory: 1. Establish Cierre Wood early to set up the play action. USC's defense is too good to win with the run alone, so the Irish will have to make something happen off of play action. 2. Dayne Crist must avoid making mistakes. A pick or two could be the recipe for a blowout. Line: USC by 10 Feel free to post predictions. I just hope I can hang with sdid.