Utah-Notre Dame kickoff notes

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- I'm pretty sure this is not a home game for Utah, but there's an awful lot of visiting red at Notre Dame Stadium. A steady rain is falling, too.

Senior walk-on Brian Costello will serve as the No. 3 Irish quarterback in case something happens to Tommy Rees and Nate Montana. Coach Brian Kelly wants to preserve freshman Andrew Hendrix's redshirt for now.

There's a lot of talent in sweatsuits for Notre Dame: Dayne Crist, Kyle Rudolph, Ian Williams, Armando Allen, Theo Riddick and T.J. Jones, to name a few. Kelly had hoped Jones would be available for this game, but instead the Irish will be without three of their top receivers against the Utes. Robby Toma was running with the first-string offense at slot receiver during warm-ups.

If Notre Dame wins this game, it will likely be with some help from some previously unsung heroes.