USC, Notre Dame renew rivalry through 2023
The Fighting Irish and the Trojans have agreed to extend their highly anticipated rivalry through the 2023 season.
According to the USC athletic website, the Trojans will continue their match up with Notre Dame, playing the even years in the Coliseum and in the odd years in South Bend Indiana.
This rivalry has defined the passion and intensity of college football since 1929 with several memorable moments including the series creation that surround former coaching legends Knute Rockne and Howard Jones, to ‘The Bush Push’ in 2005.
Notre Dame is currently winning the series against the Trojans 44-35 out of the 84 games that the two schools have played. During the years this game has also been a stepping-stone into the national championship game as Notre Dame defeated the Trojans in 2012 to go on and play Alabama in the BCS championship. USC accomplished the same feet in 2005 however the appearance was vacated due to NCAA violations surrounding Reggie Bush.
“Not only are we please to be able to extend our storied series with Notre Dame, but we were able to keep the game on the traditional dates of Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles and Mid-October in South Bend,” USC athletic Director Pat Hayden said in a statement on ESPN.
The renewed rivalry provides both schools with non-conference scheduling strength and could be beneficial in the new playoff system. This agreement is particularly important for Notre Dame, which has decided to remain among the independents. USC on the other hand will add this to the list of other tough non-conference games, which already includes playing against Texas, Boston College and Fresno State in the years to come.