Notre Dame likely secures College Football Playoff berth with defeat of Southern California

LOS ANGELES – For just the fourth time since 1950, Notre Dame has survived the regular season unscathed.

Next stop for the Irish should be their first trip to the College Football Playoff, although final word won’t arrive until Dec. 2.  

Saturday’s 24-17 win over Southern California at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was a testament to the poise of the third-ranked Irish, who faced an early 10-point deficit. Playing hours after fourth-ranked Michigan blew its playoff shot with a 62-39 loss at Ohio State, the Irish came out flat for one of the rare times this season.

They faced a spirited effort from the underachieving Trojans, who were playing amid swirling rumors about the job status of coach Clay Helton. A plane flew over the stadium before the game carrying a banner that read: “Lynn Swann — Please Fire Clay Helton!”

That was a reference to the Trojans’ athletic director, whose team finished 5-7.

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