USC Thinks Notre Dame Game Is Going To Be An Easy Win
USC thinks Saturday’s Notre Dame game is going to be an easy win.
With the Trojans heading to South Bend this weekend for their annual showdown against the Fighting Irish, several players stepped up to the podium to discuss the task ahead.
Despite heading into his outing as 10.5 point underdogs, USC appears confident.
“I told them to embrace the suck,” wide receiver Michael Pittman said, after being asked what advice he gave his younger teammates about playing Notre Dame.
“It’s going to be cold. But it’ll be fun when we’re running up the score.”
Michael Pittman Jr. was asked what advice he gave to younger players vs. Notre Dame: “I told them to embrace the suck,” he said. “It’s going to be cold. But it’ll be fun when we’re running up the score.”
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) October 9, 2019
Why is Pittman so confident, despite being a heavy underdog in this matchup?
Well, his experience playing Notre Dame is a little different.
In 2016, Pittman was part of the Sam Darnold-led Trojans squad that defeated the Fighting Irish 45-27.
Pittman has been one of the lone bright spots for USC this season, pulling in 35 catches for 501 yards and four touchdowns.
He leads USC in all three of those categories.
Pittman’s best performance of the year came against Utah, when he caught 10 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown.
Another reason Pittman might be liking his team’s chances is because of a positive recent health update.
On Tuesday, Clay Helton announced that quarterback Kedon Slovis has cleared concussion protocol and will start in this upcoming game.
“Kedon is medically cleared,” Helton said.
“He will start this game. We are glad to have him back.”
Although Helton is happy to have his young quarterback back, he also seems to realize that he might be rusty having not played since the Utah game.
“Both kids, both Kedon and Matt (Fink) are preparing just like they are starters,” he added.
“Like they do every week. But Kedon will start in this game.”
USC and No. 9 Notre Dame will kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.