- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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LOS ANGELES -- Greetings from sunny California, where both Notre Dame and USC are on the field warming up as the fans start to fill the stadium.
Great atmosphere here tonight, as it genuinely feels like a bowl game. There are a ton of Notre Dame fans here, far too many for me to estimate, and the place has been loud already with fans from both schools.
Of course, it is somewhat of a playoff game for the Irish tonight, as a victory clinches a berth in the BCS national title game. We had this game circled back in the summer for similar reasons, but who knew that USC would be playing the role of spoiler?
Not a whole lot to report from the travel roster. Gunner Kiel didn't travel for the second time this season (he also missed the Oklahoma game), and true freshman reserve long-snapper Scott Daly did travel, for I believe the first time.
We are situated to the right of USC's jumbotron and, well, it is loud. Wonder what one of those bad boys would look and sound like in Northwest Indiana …
As always, breaking news and postgame reaction will be posted here in the blog, so be sure to check back here. It will be a heavy reaction one way or another, that much we know.