SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Coach Brian Kelly wants to make certain Notre Dame isn't a one-week wonder at No. 1.
The Fighting Irish (11-0) have the top ranking for the first time in 19 years heading into their game Saturday at Southern California following upset losses by Kansas State and Oregon.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley will miss the regular-season finale with a sprained right shoulder.
Barkley was injured in the final minutes of the Trojans' 38-28 loss to UCLA when he was sacked by linebacker Anthony Barr. Barkley stayed down on the field for a long moment.
Of course, the injury could mean an easier road to victory for Notre Dame.
"This has been absolutely amazing," said Russ Dodge, a 1974 alumnus who belongs to the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis.
The Notre Dame-USC game will air Saturday at 8 p.m. on RTV6.