Notre Dame's ability to master the details, and USC's inability to take care of the little things, is why the Irish are going to the national title game and the Trojans have a fifth loss.
At the Coliseum on Saturday, USC fans will pay tribute to a senior class that has seen its share of ups and downs.
USC might have its 2013 recruiting class filled right now, but recent developments with Max Redfield underlines the necessity for the coaches to keep recruiting hard.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
While Notre Dame and UCLA are the traditional rivals for the Trojans, no team has given USC more problems than Oregon during the last 15 years.
Although the win at Notre Dame was huge, a bigger, badder opponent in Stanford arrives in Los Angeles this week.
Almost everyone, including Manti Te'o himself, thought the linebacker was destined to be a Trojan. But Te'o is leading the Notre Dame defense.
This week's Roundtable goes down memory lane, looking at the best victories for USC over Notre Dame.
After playing for USC against Notre Dame, Kennedy Polamalu, Joe Barry and Sammy Knight return to the rivalry as assistant coaches.
Curtis McNeal ready for a bigger role if Marc Tyler can't go; USC excited for first USC-Notre Dame night game in South Bend.