Even though Saturday's game against No. 1 Notre Dame will be Wittek's first start and first extensive playing time, Wittek has no doubt he can handle the challenge.
"We haven't got the full game plan yet, but from what I can tell, we're going to play our offense, whatever coach [Lane] Kiffin feels comfortable giving me," Wittek told ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. "If he wants to air it out, let's air it out. If he wants to pound it on the ground, let's do that. Like I said, 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."
Look at Wittek, throwing down guarantees like an old pro.
Wittek steps in for former starter Matt Barkley, who suffered a shoulder injury late against UCLA last week. Wittek has played in spot time and has completed 8 of 9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Three of those completions came late in that UCLA game.
[Related: Is the SI cover curse coming for Notre Dame?]
But Notre Dame will be a far greater challenge than even Barkley has faced this season. The Irish are first in scoring defense and 11th against the pass. Linebacker Manti Te'o has a school-record six interceptions this season. Plus, Notre Dame needs this win to assure itself a spot in the BCS National Championship.
But, who knows? A USC win would fall right in line with the craziness of the season so far.
- - -
Got a tip for Dr. Saturday? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with us via Twitter @YahooDrSaturday and be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
• Ex-USC player eyes CFL championship two years after heart attack
• The system behind Jack Taylor's historic 138-point game for Grinnell
• Y! News blog: Santa's grand entrance takes wrong turn
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Matt Barkley