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.
While Notre Dame will be without Joe Schmidt for the rest of the season, another injured linebacker is expected to return to practice this week.