If Wimbush is durable enough to get through a gauntlet of ranked opponents, Notre Dame could be headed toward double-digit wins.
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USC coach Clay Helton talks to Ian Fitzsimmons about why the Trojans' rivalry with Notre Dame is one of the most important rivalries in all of college football.
Ivan Maisel, Brad Edwards and Adam Rittenberg talk about the de facto playoff elimination between USC and Notre Dame this weekend and weigh in on Sam Darnold's turnover issues so far this season.
Notre Dame to face stiff tests in second half
The Irish are on the cusp of the top 10, but given their upcoming schedule, getting there won't be easy.
Notre Dame starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush is "100 percent" healthy for the team's home showdown with USC, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.
What CFP possibilities could make the committee sweat? How about a playoff field with Notre Dame and two SEC teams squeezing out three Power 5 champs? It's still early, but plenty of bizarre scenarios are still in play.
Matt Schick, Ryan McGee and Adam Rittenberg talk about how Notre Dame has crept back into the consciousness of college football fans given the events of recent weeks.
We'll find out just how good Mike Elko's defense is the next two weeks against USC and NC State.
David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer
Notre Dame opens as a 4-point favorite over Southern Cal at the Wynn race and sports book in Las Vegas.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Though Clemson, Washington and Auburn all lost this weekend, FPI believes that all three are still some of the best teams in college football going forward.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
USC survives but next week's trip to Notre Dame poses a unique challenge. Pac-12 coaches have told me the physical toll from playing Utah is extreme. An already banged-up USC team must recover, travel and face Notre Dame, which was off this week.
While the Irish won without Brandon Wimbush at Carolina, he'll be the key to victories during a challenging second half to the season.
Trying to figure out the playoff chances for USC, Notre Dame and other CFP hopefuls? We don't know what the committee will do, but statistical evidence over the past three years helps determine which teams are in good shape and which ones are in trouble.
Senior guard Quenton Nelson faced huge expectations going into the season and has more than held his ground.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
There was some movement within the group, but no new teams cracked FPI's top-10 list following Saturday's action. FPI ratings reflect strength above average, on a points per game scale, going forward.
Josh Adams ran for 118 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown, and No. 21 Notre Dame beat North Carolina 33-10 on Saturday.