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Notre Dame and USC will be meeting for the 77th time. The Irish lead the all time series 42-29-5. This is the fifth time Notre Dame will face a top ranked USC team, with the Trojans winning all four previous meetings ( 1962, 67, 72 and 2004.


Notre Dame boosts three wins in Notre Dame Stadium against a No. 1 ranked team. 26-6 over Northwestern in 1936 31-30 over Miami in 1988 and 31-24 over Florida State in 1993.


Notre Dame has achived its highest ranking (ninth in the AP and in USA Today top 25) since the team was ranked No.4 on November 2, 2002.


With a 4-1 record, the 2005 Notre Dame team is just the second Irish squad since 1998 to post four victories in the team's first five games of the year. The 1998 team started 4-1 while the 2002 team began the season 5-0.


Saturday's game will be Notre Dame's 25th against the number-one team in the Associated Press Ranking. The Irish are 8-15-1 (.354) in those meetings, but have won three of the last five.


Notre Dame is coming off a bye week, its first of the 2005 season. The Irish are 26-4 (.867) coming off a bye week since 1984 and 59-13-2 (.811) coming off a bye week since 1980.



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