Three letters can speak volumes.
And beating those three letters would speak even greater volumes for the Notre Dame football team when they welcome their rival to South Bend this Saturday at the Stadium.
The 4-1 Irish--ranked 25th in the nation---have lost seven straight games to Troy (also 4-1 and ranked 5th in the country).
"This game is big for the whole Notre Dame nation," Irish running back Armando Allen explains. "Everybody has the same feeling--- they can't wait until Saturday gets here."
"This would be a great win for us. Being at Notre Dame, a lot of people don't respect us. Every game we do win, everyone has something to say about the opponent."
"Well, USC is a great opponent, so this would mean a lot to everybody."
Allen is part of a junior class that hasn't just lost to USC, they've been crushed by the Trojans. In the last two meetings, USC has won by a combined score of 76-3.
Charlie Weis is 0-4 against Troy. A win Saturday would certainly be the biggest of his career.
"USC is one of the best teams in the country and they've beaten us seven times in a row---that's really the bottom line," Weis said Tuesday. "Some of them were ugly so winning this week would do wonders for my spirits."
"But it wouldn't just be my spirits, it would be everyone affiliated with Notre Dame. So that's what we're going to try and do."
Notre Dame-USC is a 3:30 kickoff Saturday at the Stadium. Countdown to Kickoff gets you started at 2:30 here on channel 16.