Pregame notes from Notre Dame Stadium

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.