The Jeweled Shillelagh, or the annual battle for it, at least, has lost its luster in 2021.
On one side of the rivalry is USC, which has started the season 3-3 and ultimately fired Clay Helton after a Week 2 loss to Stanford that showed the program had progressed as much as possible under the eighth-year coach. The Trojans have done their best to keep their season together after their dismissal, beating Washington State and Colorado, but they have also lost to Utah and lost their minds to Oregon State.
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No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1) has done its part to boost the status of this rivalry, coming off a spot in the college football Playoffs in 2020 and losing only to Cincinnati this season (the Bearcats are now in second place in the AP Top 25). But the Fighting Irish don’t look as strong as in previous seasons, notching three one-possession wins against unranked opponents.
Notre Dame has three straight wins in this series, but those victories aren’t exactly easy. His last two have come by an average of five points. That said, Notre Dame should feel comfortable in the home match; the Irish haven’t lost at home to the Trojans since 2011, in former coach Lane Kiffin’s second year.
Sporting News looks at how to watch the USC-Notre Dame rivalry showdown in Notre Dame, Indiana:
What channel is USC vs. Notre Dame on today?
The meeting between USC and Notre Dame will air nationally on NBC. Mike Tirico and Drew Brees will call the game from the booth.
USC vs. Notre Dame Start Time
- Date: Saturday October 23
- Kick off: 7:30 pm ET
USC vs. Notre Dame will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana.
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USC 2021 Schedule
|against the state of San José||4th of September||USC 30, State of San José 7|
|against Stanford||11 of September||Stanford 42, USC 28|
|in washington state||September 18||USC 45, Washington State 14|
|against the state of Oregon||September 25th||State of Oregon 45, USC 27|
|in colorado||October 2nd||USC 37, Colorado 14|
|against Utah||October 9||Utah 42, USC 26|
|Bye||October 16||N / A|
|in the N. Notre Dame 13||October 23||TBD|
|against Arizona||30th of October||TBD|
|in the state of Arizona||November 6th||TBD|
|in Cal||November 13||TBD|
|against UCLA||November 20||TBD|
|vs. BYU||November 27||TBD|
Notre Dame 2021 schedule
|in the state of Florida||September 5||Notre Dame 41, Florida State 38 (OT)|
|vs. Toledo||11 of September||Notre Dame 32, Toledo 29|
|against Purdue||September 18||Notre Dame 27, Purdue 13|
|vs. No. 18 Wisconsin (Soldier Field)||September 25th||Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin 13|
|vs. No. 7 Cincinnati||October 2nd||Cincinnati 24, Notre Dame 13|
|at Virginia Tech||October 9||Notre Dame 32, Virginia Tech 29|
|Bye||October 16||N / A|
|vs. USC||October 23||TBD|
|against North Carolina||30th of October||TBD|
|against the Navy||November 6th||TBD|
|in Virginia||November 13||TBD|
|against Georgia Tech||November 20||TBD|
|at Stanford||November 27||TBD|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.