Notre Dame Football: How the Fighting Irish Have Fared vs. Pac-12 Teams

The Irish have a winning record against all but one Pac-12 school

Notre Dame and USC face off on Saturday in a continuation of one of the most storied rivalries in college football. While the Trojans are the Irish's biggest rival in the Pac-12, Notre Dame has played each school in the conference at least once. Here is a brief recap of how those series have gone.

 

Pac-12 North

 

California

(Notre Dame leads 4-0)

The Irish and Golden Bears played four times between 1959 and '67 and Notre Dame won all of them by at least two touchdowns.

 

Oregon

(Notre Dame leads 1-0-1)

The two programs last met in Eugene in 1982, with Notre Dame securing a 13-13 tie on a 25-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game.

 

Oregon State

(Oregon State leads 2-0)

The Beavers beat Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl and the 2004 Insight Bowl. Oregon State is the only Pac-12 program with a winning record against the Irish.

 

Stanford

(Notre Dame leads 19-13)

The two teams first met in the 1925 Rose Bowl with Knute Rockne coaching the Irish and Pop Warner coaching the Cardinal. The Irish won 27-10 and secured the first national title in the program's history. They have now played annually since 1997.

 

Washington

(Notre Dame leads 8-0)

Washington and Notre Dame met eight times between 1948 and 2009 with the Irish beating the Huskies 37-30 in overtime in the most recent contest. That is the closest game in this series.

 

Washington State

(Notre Dame leads 2-0)

The Irish and Cougars also last met in 2009, with Notre Dame winning 40-14. Interesting note: they met in San Antonio's Alamodome so Notre Dame could play in front of potential Texas recruits.

 

Pac-12 South

 

Arizona

(Notre Dame leads 2-1)

Notre Dame started the 1982 season 4-0 and was ranked ninth when it hosted Arizona. It appeared the Irish would record a fifth win until the Wildcats scored 10 straight fourth-quarter points in a 16-13 upset. Notre Dame imploded to a 6-4-1 season, while Arizona posted the same record. It is the last time these schools have met.

 

Arizona State

(Notre Dame leads 2-1)

The Irish also played a game in front of potential Texas recruits against Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) in Arlington in 2013. Their last meeting in 2014 was the most high profile in the series with both teams entering the game ranked in the top 15. Arizona State won 55-31.

 

Colorado

(Notre Dame leads 3-2)

All five meetings took place while Colorado was in the Big 8, with the last matchup being the 1995 Fiesta Bowl. The two most memorable games came in the 1990 and '91 Orange Bowls. In the first game, Notre Dame spoiled Colorado's national championship hopes with a 21-6 beating. In the rematch, the Buffaloes beat the Irish 10-9 to win the school's only national title.

 

UCLA

(Notre Dame leads 4-0)

In 2006, the Bruins led the Irish 17-13 late in the fourth quarter. Then Brady Quinn hit Jeff Samardzija with a 45-yard touchdown pass with less than 30 seconds to go to win 20-17. That is the closest game in this series.

 

USC

(Notre Dame leads 46-36-5)

The two schools first met in 1926 and have played 90 times. (If you are doing the math, remember that three of those wins have been vacated.) Along the way, they have spoiled each other's national title hopes at least 15 times.

 

Utah

(Notre Dame leads 1-0)

The Utes were still in the Mountain West when they faced Notre Dame in Brian Kelly's first season in 2010. The Irish won 28-3 and the two schools do not have any future games on the books.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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