Saturday, November 26, 2016
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the USC Trojans on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The opening line for this game has USC as 17 point favorites. This season the Fighting Irish are 4-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-6-0. The Trojans have an over/under record of 2-9-0 and they are 7-4-0 against the spread.
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DeShone Kizer finished with 235 yards through the air for Notre Dame last week. He completed 16 passes out of 33 attempts for a 48% completion percentage. The Fighting Irish were led in rushing by Josh Adams, who finished with 100 yards on 13 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Equanimeous St. Brown was the team leader in receiving with a total of 90 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. As a team in that game Notre Dame got a total of 22 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 70 total plays for 449 yards for the game. The Fighting Irish ran for 200 yards on 36 attempts.
Sam Darnold finished with 267 yards passing for USC last week. He went 25 for 36, resulting in a 69% completion percentage. The Trojans were led on the ground by Ronald Jones II, who finished with 121 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. JuJu Smith led the team in receiving with 76 yards and 8 catches. He finished the game with an average of 10 yards per reception. USC had 31 first downs total. 16 came from running the ball and 14 came from a pass. They ran 95 total plays for 527 yards for the contest. The Trojans ran for 260 yards on 58 carries as a team.
Notre Dame scores 31.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 55th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 18.5 passes on 31.7 attempts for a 58.2 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 254.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 46th in college football. The Fighting Irish run for an average of 164.2 yards per game on 36.5 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 78th in the nation. They also run 68.2 plays per contest and average 6.1 yards per play for an average of 418.5 yards per game, ranking their offense 61st overall this season. The Fighting Irish average 21.1 first downs per game which ranks them 68th in the country. They accumulate 53.1 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, which ranks 72nd in the nation.
Notre Dame allows 195.6 passing yards per game, ranking 29th in D-1, and they allow 26.3 points per contest on defense, which ranks 55th. They give up 15.8 completions on 25.7 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61.5. The Fighting Irish allow 180.2 rushing yards per game on 44.6 carries for an average of 4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 76th in the country. Notre Dame allows 375.8 total yards per game including 5.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 43rd in terms of yards per game. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.5 penalties for 49.2 yards per game, ranking them 46th among D-1 teams.
USC averages 31.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 49th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 22.9 passes per game on 34.5 attempts for a 66.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 266.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 34th in Division 1. The Trojans run for an average of 206.5 yards per game on 39.5 attempts for an average of 5.2 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 39th on the ground. They also run 73.9 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for a total of 473.3 yards per game, ranking them 30th in the country on offense. The Trojans get an average of 24.2 first downs per game, which ranks 23rd in the nation. They average 65.7 penalty yards per game via 7.5 penalties, ranking them 17th in college football.
USC allows an average of 223.4 passing yards per game, which ranks 59th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 21.7 points per contest, which has them ranked 25th in the nation. They give up 19.3 completions on 33.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 57 per game. The Trojans allow 131.2 rushing yards per contest on 34.3 carries for a 3.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 29th in the country. USC allows 354.5 total yards per game for an average of 5.2 yards per play, which ranks 28th in D-1. They force 1.4 turnovers per contest and 4.6 penalties for 42.5 yards in each contest, ranking 19th in the nation.
Notre Dame Betting Trends
Notre Dame is 5-6-0 against the over/under this season
Notre Dame has an ATS record of 4-7-0 this season
USC Betting Trends
USC is 2-9-0 against the over/under this season
USC has an ATS record of 7-4-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/20/16 DL Daniel Cage Concussion "?" Saturday vs. USC
10/28/16 WR Javon McKinley Leg out for season
10/14/16 DL Micah Dew-Treadway Foot out indefinitely
09/12/16 CB Nick Watkins Arm out indefinitely
09/11/16 DB Shaun Crawford Achilles out for season
09/02/16 RB Justin Brent Foot out indefinitely
08/22/16 DB Max Redfield Dismissed has been dismissed
08/22/16 DB Devin Butler Suspension out indefinitely
11/20/16 DT Josh Fatu Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Notre Dame
10/27/16 DT Kenny Bigelow Knee out for season
10/24/16 DE Jabari Ruffin Suspension out indefinitely
10/18/16 WR Steven Mitchell Knee out for season
09/28/16 DT Noah Jefferson Academics out indefinitely
09/21/16 T E.J. Price Personal out indefinitely
09/21/16 RB Vavae Malepeai Shoulder out indefinitely
09/18/16 DE Don Hill Suspension out indefinitely
09/14/16 DE Osa Masina Dismissed has left team
09/09/16 C Toa Lobendahn Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take USC -17
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