If the coaching change does help USC on the field, maybe it will regain momentum in the “greatest intersectional rivalry” in the nation. The Trojans were 8-1 against Notre Dame under Pete Carroll but Lane Kiffin lost two of the past three meetings.
You can bet Ed Orgeron will not ignore the importance of the rivalry. But history is against him. This is the 11th time in the series both teams are unranked and USC is 3-7 in those game. And the Trojans are 2-15 in South Bend when they have two losses.
So if Orgeron wins this game, it will be a historical upset, to say the least.