Top prospect to watch: It’s unknown whether or not USC wide receiver Marqise Lee is playing in this game because of a lingering knee injury. Lee may have three games of 90 yards or more receiving this season, but he’s not as dynamic of a player. While some of that is due to the Trojans’ quarterback play, Lee is in need of a big game. He only had 75 yards receiving against Notre Dame last year, and look for Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson to play him physically.
Keep an eye on: Morgan Breslin has been battling injuries all season, but when he’s played, he’s been good. He’s a speed rusher around the corner and has shown this season he can drop in coverage. His availability is also up in the air because of a hip injury.
More to watch: Junior Troy Niklas is the latest in a growing line of Notre Dame tight ends. He’s a good all-around player who should be a bigger part of the Notre Dame offense. Redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden has had several splash plays for USC this season, in the pass and run game. He’ll have a hard time running the ball against Notre Dame’s talented defensive line featuring Louis Nix in the middle and Stephon Tuitt at end.
Phillips battled illness late in his life, including a respiratory ailment earlier this year which forced him in and out of the hospital. Shortly after the news of his father’s passing, Wade tweeted that Bum would be missed by all.
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