Notre Dame began to realize the impact of Brian Kelly's highest-rated recruiting class during 2014's 8-5 season.
Notre Dame this fall will be without only three players from its 2014 defense: Cornerback Cody Riggs, safety Austin Collinsworth and defensive lineman Justin Utupo.
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.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Notre Dame allowed 55 points on Saturday, a total not exactly good for its scoring defense rank. The 55-31 loss won't look good in the record books.
Sheldon Day and James Onwualu pressured Keenan Reynolds and forced a throw that seemed to seek out Justin Utupo's left hand.