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Notre Dame Fights On for Title Game Berth

The Fighting Irish will face off against the Southern California Trojans



    Notre Dame Fights On for Title Game Berth
    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Saturday night's game is make-or-break for the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

    Notre Dame faces off against rival Southern California at the Coliseum in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. The game marks the 84th edition of the Fighting Irish-Trojan Rivalry.

    There's a lot more than bragging rights at stake for the Fighting Irish. The matchup is the only game standing in their way of punching their ticket to the BCS Championship game.

    Don't expect the Trojans to make it easy for the Irish. USC has won nine out of the last ten games against Notre Dame in the past decade, including last year in South Bend when the Fighting Irish were the favorite to win.

    But with USC quarterback Matt Barkley out with a shoulder injury and a recent loss to UCLA, the luck of the Irish should have a strong chance to pull through.

    The Fighting Irish are No. 1 for the first time since Nov. 14, 1993.

    After last weekend's win over Wake Forest, Notre Dame was a unanimous No. 1 in an Associated Press poll, getting all 60 first-place votes.