There was a lot made of how Notre Dame and Michigan are bringing a close to their rivalry after meeting next year in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke accused Notre Dame of chickening out of the series, while Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly suggested the rivalry was more of a regional rivalry than anything else. Kelly did back off those comments slightly later on, but now Kelly is focusing on this weekend’s game against USC.
As a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday Kelly addressed a question about handling the game compared to other games by suggesting USC is Notre Dame’s rivalry game. Suggesting every team Notre Dame views the Irish as their rival, Kelly said the USC game is the one game his players look forward to, even saying the fight songs for both schools will get played to play in to the preparation during the week.
Kelly also talked about how USC will be a different team this week compared to the beginning of the season, with the Trojans looking to be a new team under interim head coach Ed Orgeron following the dismissal of Lane Kiffin. Kelly also shared his thoughts on the idea of strength of schedule being a factor in the college football playoff selection process and the committee. As usual, Kelly has a good amount to say about the various topics.
What do you think Notre Dame fans? Is Notre Dame’s biggest rival USC, or might it be some other program?