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What You Need To Know: Stanford

No. 17 Stanford at No. 7 Notre Dame

Site: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Television: NBC
Records: Stanford 4-1, Notre Dame 5-0
Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).
Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (21-10, third season), Stanford — David Shaw (15-3, second season).

Series Facts: This is the 27th meeting between the two programs, with Notre Dame holding a 17-9 advantage. The Cardinal has won the last three contests in the series. Before that, the Fighting Irish rattled off seven consecutive victories from 2002-08.

Prime Personnel: Offense — Senior running back Stepfan Taylor (5-11, 215 pounds) is averaging 111 yards per game and has five rushing touhdowns. The Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back) hopeful was a second-team All-Pac-12 performer in 2011 after running for 1,330 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. Senior tight end Zach Ertz (6-6, 252) is averaging 63.2 receiving yards per game and will likely be a Mackey Award finalist by season's end.

Defense — Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas surprised many by returning to Stanford instead of going to the NFL. He ranks first on the team with 34 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

For The Record: Few were surprised former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up broke Pac-12 records for completion percentage in a season (71.3 percent in 2011), and career passing efficiency (162.8) and career completion percentage (67.0 percent). He owns nearly every school passing record, including most touchdown passes (82), total offense (10,387 yards), as well as the most rushing yards by a Cardinal QB (957) … Redshirt junior quarterback Josh Nunes and redshirt sophomore Brett Nottingham combined for just 10 passing attempts leading up to their competition to replace Luck in fall camp.

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