SOUTH BEND, Ind. - It's easy to forget Notre Dame was one play away from being legitimate, if not early, contenders for the College Football Playoff.
Notre Dame heads to Los Angeles at 7-4, and a loss to USC would leave the Irish with their worst regular-season record since Brian Kelly's first year in South Bend.
Will Fuller's numbers may be those of a No. 1 target, but the undercurrent of his success this year has been the strides made by Notre Dame's other receivers.
Notre Dame's loss at Florida State looks like the high point of 2014.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Torii Hunter Jr. endured nearly a year of grueling rehab work after suffering a broken leg in January 2013.