SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Tailgaters are slowly starting to trot in to catch an early glimpse of the second year of the Brian Kelly regime as the Irish prepare to take on a South Florida team with Big East title aspirations. Oh, and you may have heard about the Bulls' head coach, too.
The heat isn't too bad, at least not compared to the last two days here. And potential showers around kickoff could make things interesting for both offenses.
I'm curious to see what Notre Dame does on its first possession if the weather doesn't hold up. Kelly said Thursday he wants the ball early with a veteran group returning on that side of the ball. With three talented starting receivers in the fold, I think the Irish would look to hit hard and hit first against a Bulls team unfamiliar with a stage like this.
On defense, containing B.J. Daniels is key. The versatile quarterback is in his third year at USF, and with three newcomers on his offensive line, I wouldn't be surprised to see him break off at the first sign of trouble.
We're about an hour away from kickoff. Be sure to keep it here for more coverage of Notre Dame's opener.