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.
Louisville receiver DeVante Parker averaged about eight catches and 163 yards in games against North Carolina State, Florida State and Boston College before heading to South Bend last weekend.
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.