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Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — Southern Cal

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Bless your life with these rivalry images

Coll. Football: Notre Dame’s Marc Edward
Marc Edwards killed a Trojan
Photo by Tom G. Lynn//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the season.

The Irish get the USC Trojans back on the schedule and that means the Jeweled Shillelagh is back on the line. While the Irish have enjoyed great success against Southern Cal during the Brian Kelly era, we mustn’t discount the importance of this game. Bragging rights are certainly on the line, but also there’s a national respect that’s earned from trouncing your rival year in and year out. Plus... it definitely doesn’t hurt on the recruiting trail, as the Irish go head-to-head against USC for many of the top recruits in California.

Not in our house

Much like Purdue’s lying ass big drum — Traveler (USC’s horse) will not be allowed inside Notre Dame Stadium.

University of Southern California vs University of Notre Dame
College Football: USC mascot Trojan warrior aboard Traveler on sidelines during game vs Notre Dame at Los Angeles Memorial Colesium. Los Angeles, CA 12/1/1962
Photo by Phil Bath /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

National Championships are on the line

Notre Dame and USC have a long history of being a key game that helps decide the eventual national champion. Here’s a goal line stand against the Trojans during the 1973 game. The Irish won 23-14 on their way to an 11-0 season and the second national championship during the Ara Parseghian era.

University of Notre Dame vs University of Southern California
College Football: Notre Dame defense in action, making goal line stand vs USC Anthony Davis (28) at Notre Dame Stadium. South Bend, IN 10/27/1973 CREDIT: Heinz Kluetmeier
Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Legends

Notre and USC throughout the year have had incredible matchups and incredible college football players. Of course, the quarterbacks have been legendary, and Joe Montana definitely added to that mythos.

Notre Dame University
SOUTH BEND, IN- CIRCA 1976-79: Quarterback Joe Montana #3 of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish throws the ball downfield against the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, circa 1976-79.
Photo by Notre Dame/Collegiate Images via Getty Images

Trying to forget — but I can’t

I made considerable effort to put a stopper on talk about the 2005 game. I’m over it — we don’t need to keep glorifying a loss. Notre Dame LOST that game, and fans still can’t stop gushing over it. I get it — it was a legendary game with multiple storylines, so it’s forgivable. And yet... here I am because Tommy Zbikowski is a fucking bad ass.

NCAA Football - USC vs Notre Dame - October 15, 2005
Tom Zbikowski of the Notre Dame Irish is stopped on a punt return against the Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on October 15, 2005. USC won 34-31.
Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/WireImage

The Brian Kelly turnaround

The Pete Carroll era at USC was rough for the Irish — and that’s being very kind. Brian Kelly’s time at Notre Dame has seen a massive turnaround in the rivalry. It’s a fair argument that Kelly’s top 3 wins against USC have all come on the road. He ended the losing streak in 2010, he finished an undefeated season for a BCS National Championship berth in 2012, and finished an undefeated season in 2018 for a spot in the college football playoff. Just saying... it’s been fun.

Notre Dame v USC
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Brian Kelly and quarterback Tommy Rees #13 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish embrace after the game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame won 20-16.
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Notre Dame v USC
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Theo Riddick #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dives across the goal line to score a touchdown to take a 10-0 lead over the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
University of Southern California vs University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Tony Jones Jr. (6) victorious after scoring touchdown vs USC at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles, CA 11/24/2018
Photo by Kohjiro Kinno /Sports Illustrated via Getty ImagesSet Number: X162343 TK1

For a Friend

By special request:

University of Notre Dame vs University of Southern California
College Football: Notre Dame Eric Penick (44) in action, rushing vs USC at Notre Dame Stadium. South Bend, IN
Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images