This is the first time since 2009 that both programs are ranked at the time of the game.
First and foremost, what is the status of junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who suffered a grade 1 foot sprain during the Sept. 30 game against the Miami-Ohio Redhawks?
Brian Kelly makes it simple regarding #NotreDame QB Brandon Wimbush: "There are no questions about his health. We can put that to rest."— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 17, 2017
The coach was also asked about Wimbush’s readiness for another high profile game under the lights.
“It doesn’t jump out at you on film, but his production numbers are really, really interesting in terms of big plays with his feet and big chunk throws, conversions on third and fourth down situations,” said Kelly. “So we just want to keep that confidence level in him and his ability to continue to make those plays. This would be another step in that maturation process.”
After serving a four-game suspension, sophomore wide receiver Kevin Stepherson is poised to have a much bigger role in the offense in the second half of the season.
Kelly, on WR Kevin Stepherson's role: "He's had a really good off week and this week you'll see more of him."— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) October 17, 2017
Kelly says Elijah Taylor (foot) will not play rest of season. All RBs are healthy after tweaking ankles during first 6 weeks of season.— Sean Stires (@574sean) October 17, 2017
Kelly said senior linebacker Greer Martini suffered a knee injury in practice and is listed as day to day for USC.— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) October 17, 2017
“It sits up there with the great rivalries of college football,” said Kelly. “It just always seemed to be tightly contested. It caught my attention because there was such a buildup to the game. Growing up in Massachusetts, there wasn’t a local team that you followed. It had such a grasp on you and it was built up even on the East Coast as the football game.”