The Cowboys reportedly have signed their first-round draft pick, Zack Martin.
Notre Dame starting left guard Chris Watt suffered a knee injury against Stanford and has been ruled out for the bowl game.
Notre Dame got outclassed by Oklahoma and Michigan but could still make a BCS bowl if the Irish win out.
Six teams are listed as independents this year as WAC castoffs Idaho and New Mexico State will join Notre Dame, BYU, Army and Navy.
The Lombardi Award, given to the nation's best lineman or linebacker, released a lengthy watch list for the 2013 regular season.
Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel won the Outland Trophy in 2012. If Jake Matthews wins in 2013 the Aggies will be the second school to have back-to-back winners.
Phil Steele's preseason All-America team was released on Wednesday. Alabama and the SEC led the way in players selected for the four-team list.
The SEC is looking for a seventh consecutive title, but Notre Dame believes a championship run can't last forever in the cyclical game of college football.
OT Zack Martin and NT Louis Nix will return to Notre Dame for the 2013 season, Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced Monday.
Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood will go through a draft evaluation. Meanwhile, teammates Zack Martin and Louis Nix say they're coming back in 2013.

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