These college football blue bloods share no geography, nor conference. But ever since the days of Knute Rockne, the annual clash between the Fighting Irish and the Trojans has been one of the most intense in college football history. The battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh, as the trophy is known, is usually the most anticipated game of the year for each school—and more often than not, it has a big impact on the national championship picture.
ND-USC is a perfect example of an American culture clash: ND, with its stoic Irish-Catholic Midwestern roots, pitted against the sunny L.A. glamour of the Trojans and their famed Song Girls. Between Notre Dame's domination of the ‘80s and ‘90s, to the (in)famous "Bush Push" during the Pete Carroll years—plus legends like Joe Theismann, Lynn Swann, Tim Brown, and O.J. Simpson—it’s no wonder these schools have cultivated a refined animosity over the years.