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USC QB Wittek guarantees victory over Notre Dame

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USC redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek didn't waste any time stoking the fire of the Notre Dame-USC rivalry.

"I'm going to go out there, I'm going to play within myself, within the system, and we're going to win this ballgame," Wittek told the ESPN Radio affiliate in Los Angeles.

Wittek will be making his first start in Saturday's prime time game against the top-ranked Irish, filling in for the injured Matt Barkely. Wittek has thrown nine passes in his career. Irish coach Brian Kelly, a little more experienced when it comes to dealing with the media, said he didn't know too much about Wittek, but that, "When you get a scholarship to USC, you're one of the best quarterbacks in the country."

"He's a big, strong, physical kid," Kelly added. "He's got a live arm and he certainly fits into their offensive scheme of things. He's a perfect fit for what they do."

Kelly also said the Irish won't go out of their way to change their defensive game plan just because they're facing a freshman quarterback.

"We're going to do what we do," Kelly said. "At this point, for us to go into one game and say, 'All right, we're going to do different things to confuse Max,' is really crazy. ... We're going to do what we do, because that's gotten us to that point. No big changes on our end."

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