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USC-Notre Dame has lost some shine

The rivalry is still great, but in 2011 both schools are on the rebound

Updated: October 19, 2011, 5:21 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- You get the impression Notre Dame is reaching for gimmicks to prop up its storied but mildly ailing rivalry with USC.

The teams will play Saturday under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium, assuming the things still work. The 4:30 p.m. PT kickoff time is the latest of the 83 games the teams have played since the Roaring '20s. It's the Irish's first night game in 21 years, their first at home against USC ever.

"It should be a great scene, a great environment," ...

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