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Notre Dame VS Southern Cal: Staff Picks, Weather Report, And Depth Chart

Squeezing this last game of 2016 in for the Irish.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are all set to end their season in Los Angles against the USC Trojans. No one truly believes that Notre Dame has much of a chance against Southern Cal this year- and who can blame them? Notre Dame is playing for nothing but pride in this game, and “pride” has certainly been a problem this year. How else can you wrap up a 4 win season that saw so many breakdowns?

Win or lose, this has been one of the worst seasons in Notre Dame history- especially when you factor in the expectation factor. It’s almost over.

Staff Picks

Wes is the man to beat, and a couple of writers dropped out this week. Who can blame them?

Puppet ND VS USC UM VS OSU WASH VS WAZZU BOISE VS AFA FLA VS FSU BAMA VS AUB YTD
Joshua Vowles ND OSU WASH AFA FSU BAMA 22-23
Pat Sulivan USC OSU WAZZU BOISE FSU BAMA 21-24
Wes Sweigert USC OSU WASH BOISE FSU BAMA 29-16
M. Sweigert USC OSU WASH BOISE FLA BAMA 24-21
Bobby Norell USC OSU WASH AFA FLA BAMA 19-26
Brad Wechter USC OSU WAZZU BOISE FSU AUB 21-24

Weather Report

For those looking for that legendary California sun, there shouldn’t be much for the game on Saturday. Cool temperatures in the morning followed by periods of rain in the afternoon. In a lot of cases this would be ideal for a team like Notre Dame playing a team like Southern Cal, but not this year, and not for Notre Dame.

The Coliseum turf has been known to get torn up a bit with some rain, so this could get sloppy. The rain won’t be anything like 2010, so that image should get right out of your head.

Accuweather.com

Depth Chart

There aren’t any changes to the depth chart this week. However... I highly doubt Daniel Cage plays after a few weeks suffering from another concussion. Perhpas we do see more of Pete Mokwah this week, but this is a Jarron Jones type of game and it will be his last to prove himself to NFL scouts.

Really hoping there are more Chase Claypool, Dexter Williams, and Asmar Bilal sightings on Saturday. A big game from CJ Sanders returning kicks and in the slot would be nice too.

Position 1st Team 2nd Team (& OR)
Quarterback DeShone Kizer Malik Zaire
Running Back Josh Adams Tarean Folston OR Dexter Williams
W Receiver Equanimeous St. Brown Miles Boykin OR Chase Claypool
X Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. Kevin Stepherson
Z Receiver CJ Sanders Corey Holmes OR Chris Finke
Tight End Durham Smythe Nic Weishar
Left Tackle Mike McGlinchey Hunter Bivin
Left Guard Quenton Nelson Trevor Ruhland
Center Sam Mustipher Tristan Hoge
Right Guard Colin McGovern OR Mark Harrell
Right Tackle Alex Bars Tommy Kraemer
WDE Andrew Trumbetti Jay Hayes OR Daelin Hayes
Defensive Tackle Jerry Tillery Elijah Taylor
Nose Guard Jarron Jones Daniel cage OR Pete Mokwah
SDE Isaac Rochell Jonathon Bonner
WILL Linebacker Te'von Coney Asmar Bilal
MIKE Linebacker Nyles Morgan Geer Martini
SAM Linebacker James Onwualu Jamir Jones
Left Cornerback Julian Love Donte Vaughn
Strong Safety Drue Tranquill Jalen Elliott
Free Safety Devin Studstill Nicco Fertitta
Right Cornerback Cole Luke Troy Pride
Place Kicker Justin Yoon Tyler Newsome
Kickoffs Tyler Newsome Justin Yoon
Punter Tyler Newsome Jeff Riney
Long Snapper Scott Daly John Shannon
Holder Montgomery VanGorder DeShone Kizer
Punt Return C Chris Finke
Kickoff Return CJ Sanders OR Dexter Williams