LOS ANGELES (WNDU) - The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a date with destiny Saturday night.
The Irish are taking on the USC Trojans with a chance to improve their record to 12-0 and finish the regular season perfect for the second time in seven years.
On 10 occasions, an unbeaten Notre Dame team has gone to Los Angeles. Only five of those times have come home unblemished. So, this is not a done deal.
This year's Notre Dame squad is memorable for a number of reasons. They are 11-0 and hopeful for a possible undefeated season. They're ranked third in the country and on the verge of making the College Football Playoff for the very first time.
But on a smaller level, the team will be remembered for doing something that hasn't been done recently: winning in November.
All offseason, team leadership said this team was built for November, that everything they were doing – the training, the lifting, the practices – all were designed to have Notre Dame playing at its best come the season's final month.
And that's exactly what has happened.
The Irish have gone on the road and beaten Northwestern by double digits, they steamrolled Florida State on Senior Day and dominated Syracuse at Yankee Stadium.
Now, they've got an opportunity to finish the job, finish the season and finish the month on top.
"We just know what the goal is," running back Dexter Williams said. "We are focused on our main goal and really just trying to win the month of November, just like coach Kelly has always been telling us since November started. He just said to win the month of November, so that's been the main focus is winning all of our games in November. So far, we're doing well and we have to continue to push. This is our last game of November, so we are hoping to go out and get the win. Also, just trust in this whole process."
In part because the players bought into Brian Kelly's process, the fans were all in on this Fighting Irish squad.
"We came over here and watch Notre dame close an undefeated season on the way to the playoffs," said Fernando Arreola, of Houston. "National champs, baby! That's what we're all about right here! That's what we're about! Go Irish!"