Notre Dame will be kicking off the season against South Florida here at Notre Dame Stadium in the next 30 minutes.
Here's a few pregame notes from warm-ups:
- Backup tight end Mike Ragone is in full pads and looks ready to go. The senior was slowed recently by a quad injury but was expected to be available today.
- The temperature is a balmy 89 degrees.
- Notre Dame gameday captains are offensive guard Trevor Robinson and cornerback Robert Blanton along with permanent captain Harrison Smith
- Pregame flyover by two USAF E/A-18 Growlers is scheduled
- South Florida wearing green helmets for first time in program history
- Irish receiver Michael Floyd comes into the game eight receptions shy of the school's all-time record
- Odd sight of warm-ups, freshman linebacker Troy Niklas was shagging punts. Doubtful we will see in a game, but how cool would that be watching a 6-6, 250-pounder returning a punt?
- Freshman kicker Kyle Brindza wearing retina burning bright-green shoes