As if there was ever any doubt, USC and Notre Dame have agreed to extend their classic home-and-home series through 2023.
The Trojans and Fighting Irish have been squabbling every year since 1928 in what is considered by many to be the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. Notre Dame leads USC 44-35 all-time in the series, but the Trojans went on a historic run in the 2000s, beating them eight times in a row from 2002-2009 and winning nine games out of 10 on the decade.
This extension comes at a time when Notre Dame is axing its other traditional rivalry match-ups, like with Purdue and Michigan.
With the series living on through 2023, fans can look forward to more thrilling moments like the 2005 “Bush Push” game and 1974’s “The Comeback”, at least for the next decade.
In addition to scheduling Notre Dame for 10 more years, the Trojans have loaded their future schedules with a three-year series with BYU starting in 2019, and games against Idaho, Arkansas State and New Mexico for 2015 and 2016.
USC will have seven home games over the next eight years, seeing a significant decrease in the amount of times the Trojans will face tough non-conference opponents on the road. With the new four-team college football playoff on the horizon, this is likely an attempt to take a page out of the SEC’s book to ensure a favorable record come the postseason.