A few more pregame notes

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The navy rally towels are out in full force, with Notre Dame fans waving them throughout the Fighting Irish band's pregame performance.

The same probably cannot be said for defensive end Ethan Johnson, who is dressed but did not take part in most warmups with his fellow defensive linemen. Johnson was cleared to play this weekend after spraining his right ankle three weeks ago at Purdue, but it looks like Notre Dame will take few, if any, chances with the senior tonight. Expect freshman Aaron Lynch to start in his place.

The national anthem is about to begin, meaning kickoff is just a few moments away. Be sure to keep it here throughout the evening.