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Notre Dame

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College football preview: Notre Dame at USC

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles (93,607/grass)


Radio: 1380 AM, 107.3 FM

Records: No. 1 Notre Dame 11-0; USC 7-4

Line: Notre Dame by 5 1/2

Series: Notre Dame leads 43-35-5

On the Web: For a video preview, go to “Irish Insights” at and follow our coverage on Twitter at @JGIrishInsights

Notre Dame

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 27.2 (73rd in NCAA)

Yards per game: 419.7 (50th)

Passing yards per game: 219 (79th)

Rushing yards per game: 200.7 (33rd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 10.1 (1st)

Yards per game: 287.8 (6th)

Passing yards per game: 195.6 (24th)

Rushing yards per game: 92.2 (5th)


Top 3 offensive players: RB Theo Riddick, 734 rushing yards, 4 TDs; QB Everett Golson, 1,918 passing yards, 11 TDs, 5 INTs; TE Tyler Eifert, 555 receiving yards, 4 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Manti Te’o, 98 tackles, 6 INTs, 2 FR; DE Stephon Tuitt, 40 tackles, 12 sacks; CB Bennett Jackson, 55 tackles, 4 INTs

Key to victory: Notre Dame needs to get to USC quarterback Max Wittek, who is making his first start in place of Matt Barkley, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Injuries: WR DaVaris Daniels (clavicle), K Nick Tausch (groin) questionable; S Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles), CB Lo Wood (Achilles), S Austin Collinsworth (shoulder), TE Alex Welch (knee), DE Chase Hounshell (shoulder), OL Tate Nichols (knee) out


Offensive statistics

Points per game: 36.1 (26th)

Yards per game: 467.5 (26th)

Passing yards per game: 307 (20th)

Rushing yards per game: 160.5 (45th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 24.8 (48th)

Yards per game: 392.2 (58th)

Passing yards per game: 241.7 (67th)

Rushing yards per game: 150.5 (49th)


Top 3 offensive players: WR Marqise Lee, 1,605 receiving yards, 14 TDs; WR Robert Woods, 721 receiving yards, 10 TDs; RB Silas Redd, 740 rushing yards, 9 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DE Morgan Breslin, 49 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks; LB Dion Bailey, 71 tackles, 4 INTs; S T.J. McDonald, 89 tackles, 2 INTs

Key to victory: The Trojans have to get the ball to playmakers Lee and Woods quickly to keep the Irish’s pass rush at bay.

Injuries: RB D.J. Morgan (leg); T Aundrey Walker (neck), TE Christian Thomas (hip) questionable; QB Matt Barkley (shoulder), DT Cody Temple (ankle), T David Garness (back), LB Scott Star (neck), K Andre Heidari (knee), CB Brian Baucham (lung), DE Devon Kennard (pectoral), DE DeVante Wilson (knee) out

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette