Greg McElroy shares reasons for optimism for Notre Dame in matchup against USC
Greg McElroy believes Notre Dame’s offense can get back on track vs. USC this weekend.
After a hot start to the season, Notre Dame’s offense has turned in three straight lackluster performances vs. Ohio State, Duke and Louisville. But a home game vs. a struggling USC defense could be a recipe to turn things around, McElroy said.
“This week might be a get-right situation against USC,” he said on Always College Football on Wednesday. “USC has the 112th-ranked defense in college football. They’re giving up over 4 yards per carry, which is 80th in college football.
McElroy did point out that USC’s defense has been effective at rushing the quarterback so far this season — something Notre Dame will need to be prepared for after its offensive line had a rough game vs. Louisville in Week 6.
“It starts up front. The offensive line is the centerpiece of what this team needs to be,” McElroy said. “Marcus Freeman has even gone out and said, ‘this is an offensive line-driven program.’ That was not what I saw last weekend.
“You now get the opportunity to right the wrong against a defense that’s reeling.”
This is a big game for Freeman, who is looking to avoid his second straight loss to USC and a second consecutive defeat this season. Notre Dame still has New Year’s Six bowl aspirations in-tact if it can beat the Trojans on Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night in South Ben.d