Max Wittek says USC will pull upset

USC redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek is confident the Trojans will take down No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday night.

In an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, Wittek expressed confidence in his abilities -- and trust in head coach Lane Kiffin leading into the showdown against Notre Dame.

"If he wants to air it out, let's air it out," Wittek said of Kiffin. "If he wants to pound it on the ground, let's do that. I'm gonna go out there, I'm gonna play within myself, within the system, and we're gonna win this ballgame."

Smiling big in front of a pack of two dozen reporters after the Trojans' first practice of the week on Tuesday, Wittek also proclaimed himself ready to go and said he expects to have "a lot of fun" in his first collegiate start.

Of course, it happens to come against Notre Dame at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

"I've been ready all season for this to happen -- if it did," Wittek said. "Obviously the circumstances aren't the greatest with such a great quarterback being hurt, but I've been ready for this all year."

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