USC head coach Lincoln Riley is set to embark on his first visit to Notre Dame’s hallowed ground as the Trojans gear up to clash with the Fighting Irish.
In a media briefing, Riley expressed his anticipation for the encounter, acknowledging his lack of experience in South Bend but revealing his familiarity with the iconic football film “Rudy.”
“I’ve seen Rudy probably 5,000 times,” Riley said.
Lincoln Riley says he's watched the movie Rudy "5,000 times."
— Luca Evans (@bylucaevans) October 12, 2023
In fairness, who HASN’T seen Rudy 5,000 times???
Despite Riley’s fondness for the inspiring tale of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, he admitted that another movie night likely won’t serve as a comprehensive strategy for facing the Notre Dame squad this weekend.
The upcoming match holds significant weight for both teams. USC maintains an unblemished record thus far, while Notre Dame, although encountering recent setbacks, secured a spot at #21 in the rankings.
In this high-stakes game, USC’s Caleb Williams will confront a strong Irish defense that has been allowing a mere 146.6 passing yards per game.
Conversely, the shaky Trojans defense must devise a plan to contain Heisman Trophy candidate Sam Hartman and the better-than-usual Notre Dame offense.
The USC contingent is also bracing for weather conditions less familiar than their sunny California home, as the forecast predicts rain with temperatures hovering in the low-50’s.
“There’ll be a lot of fun, unique challenges,” Riley remarked with a smile. “But again, a rivalry game, that’s what it should be like. Two good football teams, it will be a fun environment. Our guys are very, very excited to go play.”
Who do you think will win???