Pick o' the Irish: Week 13

I went back over .500 with last week's pick of the Irish over Army. Time to finish out the season strong.

USC 28, Notre Dame 21: The Irish have looked good the last two weeks while the Trojans are coming off a blowout loss at Oregon State and may not have starting quarterback Matt Barkley. That's why I think this one will be much closer than the last four installments of this series in Los Angeles.

But I still think USC has an advantage in athletes and experience, and that Notre Dame's now-youthful offense will struggle in a true road environment. The Irish have closed the gap and should be in better shape in this rivalry going forward once probation takes its tolls on the Trojans. But we're not there yet.

Last week's: Correct pick

Season record: 6-5