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Saturday, November 3, 2012
It's game day at Notre Dame Stadium

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Greetings from Notre Dame Stadium, where it is surprisingly not so cold as both teams warm up.

George Atkinson III, for those wondering, is on the field and looks ready to go, one week after not making the trip to Norman, Okla., because of the flu. John Goodman (back) is on the field warming up as well after missing the majority of the past three weeks.

Safety Matthias Farley, according to NBC Sports' Alex Flanagan, is wearing a cast on his right hand after injuring it last week against the Sooners. Brian Kelly said earlier this week that Farley will not be limited.

As for today's game, I'm interested to see how Everett Golson fares at home. He — and, frankly, the rest of the team — has not been particularly great in this building all season, and a quick start en route to an easy win could help the Irish's case from the eyeball test.

Speaking of eyeballs, it will be a lot easier to identify Pitt players today, as they have names on their jerseys. Coach Paul Chryst said they would get them if they beat Temple last week, and a 47-17 win will ease whatever confusion there may have been when looking for players on the field today.

Ray Graham, Devin Street and Lafayette Pitts, who were charged late this week with assault and conspiracy, are on the field warming up as well after making the trip.

I'll be tweeting the action throughout the day, so be sure to follow along. We'll have postgame coverage, along with any in-game developments, up here on the blog as well, so be sure to check back as the Irish look to go to 9-0.