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USC vs. Notre Dame: Marqise Lee needs 5 catches to break Pac-12 record

The Trojans' star receiver is having a year to remember despite the team's struggles.

Stephen Dunn

It's been a recipe for success all season for the USC Trojans: have Matt Barkley throw the ball down the field to Marqise Lee, and repeat. Armed with incredible speed, size and a knack for finding the soft spot in the defense, Lee has undeniably been the best wide receiver in the nation this year and is receiving plenty of publicity for his efforts.

As the Trojans close out their regular season with No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday, Lee could break some records. One of them is the Pac-12 receptions record. He already broke the USC and Pac-12 yardage record by edging former Trojan receiver Johnnie Morton, who set the mark in 1993.

With five catches on Saturday, Lee passes current teammate Robert Woods' mark of 111 receptions. The Irish feature a stout secondary and Lee will be without Barkley in the backfield, although one would think USC would make a conscious effort to still force the ball his way as often as possible.

Kickoff from SoCal is set for 8 p.m. ET.