Notre Dame has performed above expectations when playing teams with winning records in 2022.

So far this season, Notre Dame is 5-1 against the spread vs. teams above .500. This week, USC is a 5.5-point favorite over the Fighting Irish.

Outside of the betting aspect, Notre Dame has the roster to be competitive against USC. Notre Dame moved to an 8-3 record with a 44-0 win over Boston College.

Even though Boston College had a losing record entering the game, Notre Dame covered the 21-point spread with the 44-point win. Notre Dame’s defense held Boston College to 173 yards of offense on Saturday. Notre Dame defensive back Benjamin Morrison had 3 interceptions against Boston College quarterback Emmett Morehead.

It will be challenging for Notre Dame to slow down USC’s offense that averages 42.9 points per game. USC’s Week 4 win over Oregon State was the only time the Trojans were held under 40 points this season. Notre Dame will likely need to score several touchdowns to be able to cover the spread.

Notre Dame will look to sneak into a New Year’s Six bowl with a win over USC on Saturday night.