Lee missed USC’s last game against Arizona after spraining his knee the previous week against Arizona State. The injury looked to be season-threatening at first but it was later found that his ligaments had not been torn.
Even without Lee, the Trojan offense looked much improved against the Wildcats. USC piled up season-highs of 546 total yards and 297 passing yards as it worked to avoid the predictability of the Lane Kiffin playcalling regime.
Despite missing last week’s game, Lee is still the Trojans leading receiver with 30 catches for 385 yards. When healthy, he’s as dangerous a playmaker as there is in the game, so having him against the Irish is a huge positive for the Trojans.