Greg Bryant


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson said he's not questioning why, after starting all 12 games for Notre Dame this year, he's been thrown into a competition with Malik Zaire.


Brian Kelly said the winner of December's quarterback competition will successfully operate Notre Dame's offense the way the fifth-year coach wants.


It's difficult to pull many positives away from a five-touchdown loss to a chief rival, but Notre Dame's 49-14 defeat to USC last weekend wasn't 100 percent bad.


LOS ANGELES — Notre Dame ended its season with an unmitigated disaster, though one with a bit of intrigue.


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.