October visit to Notre Dame is a showcase of the NFL draft
USC-Notre Dame is a legendary college football rivalry and game with “red circle” significance to the Trojans. It’s also a centerpiece of the NFL Draft that will receive considerable attention from the scouts.
Touchdown Wire analyst Mark Schofield has revealed his shortlist of 2021 college football games of considerable significance for the 2022 NFL Draft.
The October game between USC and Notre Dame at South Bend is on Schofield’s shortlist.
Here’s what Schofield had to say about the Irish Trojans:
There are obviously new faces since that last meeting, but not USC quarterback Kedon Slovis. When those teams met in 2019, Slovis made 24 of 35 passes for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’ll pitch wide receiver Drake London, who is certainly watching. Then there’s pass thrower Drake Jackson, who could challenge Kayvon Tibodeaux for EDGE1 next spring.
For Notre Dame, security Kyle Hamilton could test how much a security can go up in the draft. According to NFLMockDraftDatabase.com, the draft’s first mock screenings put Hamilton in the first round, and he’s certainly talented enough to stay that high. Other Notre Dame players to watch include running back Kyren Williams, offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson, and defensive linemen Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Isaiah Foskey.
USC will have a very successful season if they manage to reduce the Pac-12 schedule they have to play. The Trojans avoid Oregon this year in the 12-game regular season and the nine-game Pac-12 slate. They are also avoiding Washington this year. They have a great chance of facing the Ducks or the Huskies in the Pac-12 Championship game precisely because their schedule is so manageable.
Still, this match at Notre Dame marks a case in which the Trojans could pay the price for their Pac-12 soft slate. The only Pac-12 game that could prepare USC for the South Bend Pressure Cauldron is the Oct. 9 game against Utah, two weeks before the trip to Indiana.
The good news: USC has two weeks to prepare for the Irish. Touchdown Wire and the rest of us will be watching.