SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here are a few tidbits as the band takes the field and we get ready for kickoff in a few minutes:
-- The national colors today are presented by representatives of three Notre Dame families who lost loved ones in the last year:
Those of kicker Kyle Brindza, whose grandfather, Joseph, died in July.
The family of receiver TJ Jones, whose father, Andre, a former Irish player, died in June.
Alison Drumm and Barry Sullivan, whose son, videographer Declan Sullivan, died during a tragic accident in a practice last October.
-- USF coach Skip Holtz's mother, Beth, and wife, Jennifer, are in attendance for today's game, while former Irish coach Lou Holtz fulfills his duties at ESPN.
-- This game marks Notre Dame Stadium's 220nd straight sellout.