Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor
One of the greatest rivalries in college football is only a week away and the Trojans are looking to build upon their momentum as they head to South Bend on Saturday.
- After a couple days off, the team looked rejuvenated at Sunday's practice. Coming off the excitement of USC's 38-31 victory over Arizona, the coaching staff went right back to work implementing adjustments necessary after watching film this weekend.
- Interim head coach Ed Orgeron noted that the key corrections being made after Thursday are coverage issues in the secondary, increasing rotations on defense, and making sure players get to the right positions to make plays.
- Orgeron said his Saturday "felt like Christmas" after sitting down with Pete Jenkins, the Trojans' new assistant defensive line coach, to talk about specific techniques to use in their 3-4 defense. Orgeron is excited to work with Jenkins and said the coach will make a great addition to the team.
- The focus for the Trojans during Notre Dame rivalry week is to stay with the philosophy of having fun and playing with enthusiasm and physicality. Orgeron said the team realizes they have a big task ahead of them but also believes they're up for the challenge.
- "We realize that this is a rivalry game," said Orgeron. 'We have a lot of respect for our opponent. We need to take care of what we can control: the fundamentals and the style of play."
- It's only Sunday so the injury list remains fairly long, however Orgeron said he is very optimistic that most of the injured players will be back come Saturday. Listed as questionable are Morgan Breslin, Marqise Lee, and Victor Blackwell. Kevin Graf, Marquis Simmons, Tre Madden, Anthony Brown, Xavier Grimble, and Darreus Rodgers are all listed as probable.
- Orgeron said he loved the USC student section's "Coach O Cheer" heard during the game. Here's the rest of the coach's presser...