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The Irish showed up to Athens, Georgia to prove that they were more than just the hype that comes with being ranked seventh in the nation.

They gave the Bulldogs all they could handle but came up short. This week, they’ll get another tough foe as upstart Virginia visits South Bend.

USC continues to find ways to win despite injuries to their top two quarterbacks. Can they stay atop the Pac-12 South with a win at No. 17 Washington?

No. 21 USC at No. 17 Washington

J.T. Daniels started the season at quarterback for USC. Next came Kedon Slavis after Daniels was hurt. Slavis went down early last week against Utah, but Matt Fink came in and played hero as USC upset the Utes. Although USC continues to find ways to win, they will not enter one of the most hostile places to play and come out victorious on Saturday. Injuries inevitably catch up to hurt, and two injuries at the most important position can be devastating. The Huskies defense will take advantage of USC QB miscues and give the home team just enough boost to pull out the win.

Prediction: Washington 32, USC 25

No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame

Virginia is off to a great start despite a sloppy win over Old Dominion a week ago. In fact, the Cavaliers have a really good chance to reach the ACC title game win or lose. Notre Dame, however, might be too big of an opponent to beat. The Irish showed a great fight on the road against Georgia. They looked like a team that could still compete in the college football playoff if they win out, and the cards fell their way. Virginia has started slowly in each of its games against FBS opponents. Although the Cavs are a good second-half team, a slow start against the Irish will be too tough to come back from.

Prediction: Notre Dame 29, Virginia 26

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