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.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Through seven games, Notre Dame's defense has done more than exceed expectations.