Notre Dame will play host to the Trojans Saturday in the first night game at Notre Dame Stadium in 21 years (7:40 p.m. ET, NBC).
Notre Dame to face Panthers for the 67th time in the series, having won 13 of the past 17 meetings (12:07 p.m. ET, ABC).
Notre Dame averaging better than 510 yards of total offense through the first two weeks of the season (3:40 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC).
Sporting retro uniforms, the two winningest programs in NCAA FBS history will square off in the first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
Notre Dame is 102-15-5 (.857) all-time in season openers, having won 20 of its last 24 lidlifters (3:40 p.m. ET, live on NBC).
The Irish fell 41-30 in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.
Images from Saturday of Notre Dame preparing for the BCS National Championship Game.
The Fighting Irish finished the regular season undefeated and No. 1 for the first time since 1988.
CONNOR CAVALARIS' CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 2, vs. Alabama, Jan. 7, 2012 (1-1)
SENIOR SEASON (2014): Played in 11 games, predominantly on Irish special teams ... collected a half tackle on kickoff return vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... did not play vs. Navy (Nov. 1) or Louisville (Nov. 22) ... walk-on was awarded a scholarship at the end of preseason practice.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Saw action in three games, Rutgers (Dec. 28), Oklahoma (Sept. 28) and Stanford (Nov. 30) ... picked up a solo stop against the Scarlet Knights ... shared a tackle against the Sooners.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Saw action in 11 games ... registered five total tackles, two vs. Alabama in BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 7) and one each against BYU (Oct. 20), Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) and Wake Forest (Nov. 17).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: As a prep player, participated in football and track ... on the gridiron, registered four interceptions in his senior season and returned one for a TD ... in that season was recognized as team captain ... garnered all-conference, all-region and all-county accolades ... in track, earned all-conference, all-region and all-county accolades as well ... played alongside former Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (2010-13) at Lake Forest High School ... played for coach Chuck Spagnoli ... son of John and Sheila Cavalaris ... graduated May, 2015, with a degree in accountancy from the Mendoza College of Business.
Cavalaris' Career Statistics