LOS ANGELES -- Notre Dame no longer needed anyone ahead of them to lose. All they had to do was win, and an early January trip to Miami was in their grasp.
LOS ANGELES -- Three months ago, Notre Dame was on the outside looking in. Nobody projected them to make a BCS bowl, let alone challenge for a national championship.
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Matt Barkley, who's thrown more touchdowns than any FBS quarterback in 2012, was ruled out of this weekend's Notre Dame-USC game with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, coach Lane
Brian Kelly wanted to get a gauge on his team's attitude toward being No. 1 this morning, so he eavesdropped on a few conversations his players were having in Notre Dame's training room.