Considered a long-shot to play this week at Notre Dame just a few days earlier, when he showed up at Howard Jones Field in a sling, Tyler seems to have made a sufficient recovery from the dislocated shoulder he suffered against California that he will "definitely be available" against the Irish.
"I feel good," he said. "I don't know how it healed so fast, or if it's even healed, but it feels good.
"It doesn't really hurt. I've got my motion back and everything. It might hurt when I take a hit. But I want to play in this game so bad, it doesn't really matter."
Tyler admitted the special nature of the rivalry is pushing him. He has seen action twice against Notre Dame, rushing for 58 yards in a 2008 win with his Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian teammate Jimmy Clausen quarterbacking the Irish. However, he was held to 48 yards on 17 carries in last season's 20-16 loss.
The redshirt senior has never played in South Bend.
"I've traveled with the team, but I've never played," he said. "I just want to be a part of this rivalry. Last year I feel like I didn't do a good job in that game. It's my senior year. To play at Notre Dame would be big."
Tyler leads the Trojans with 368 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season.
Lee, who has scored in four consecutive games, did more than Tyler and "looked good" to quarterback Matt Barkley.
However, cornerback Torin Harris (shoulder) remains out and is unlikely to play.
"No Respect" Card Not Playing
USC is unranked in spite of its 5-1 record for the first time in school history. They are between eight and nine point underdogs to Notre Dame.
Most coaches would be hopping mad, playing up the lack of respect from pollsters and oddsmakers.
Kiffin is not one of them.
"We're not worried about that," he said. "I just think in general that's probably the dark cloud over us. It was obvious last week. We discussed that, the negativity around us. Going on the road and winning by 21 points, I just think it's the dark cloud over us. But it has nothing to do with these players and the way that they work."
Barkley and athletic director Pat Haden agreed.
"I think we're probably right where we deserve to be," Haden said. "We got to play better. We got a series of important games coming up, this certainly being one of them, and we'll just see how that goes."
"All that stuff that goes on outside of my control I don't care about," Barkley said. "If we're at the end of the season and that's still going on, then I might have something to say because it might be a little unjust."
-Wide receiver Kyle Prater did not practice because of illness.
-After San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions got into an altercation regarding their post-game handshake Sunday, Kiffin was asked if he had ever had a similar incident.
"I don't think I have. Even Urban (Meyer) I got along with," Kiffin said, adding the circumstances were "classic Harbaugh."