It doesn't get much bigger for Notre Dame, a major rivalry game that comes with an outside shot at a national championship berth. The same can be said for Pac 10 champ Southern California. Irish Illustrated caught up with Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com for a behind the scenes look and prediction on this weekend's showdown.
Pete Sampson: There were a lot of high hopes around USC this year considering the successes of the past few seasons. Have the Trojans lived up to their own hype?
Ryan Abraham: It's kind of weird because the expectations around here with the last couple of years have been pretty astronomical. You have to look at this as a rebuilding year for USC no matter how much talent you've recruited. When you lose the kinds of players that USC did, it's going to be an adjustment.