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The battle in the trenches will be key to deciding the outcome, the Irish get their first benchmark opponent and Stanford’s pass rush must be contained.

What is the college football world saying about 4-0 Notre Dame, and hear what the Irish and Cardinal have to say in advance of their showdown.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford

Date: Oct. 4, 2014.

Site: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795).

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

Television: NBC.

Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).

Series Facts: This is the 29th meeting between Notre Dame and Stanford. The Irish lead the all-time series 18-10.

Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (41‑15, fifth season). Stanford — David Shaw (37-8, fourth season).

Noting Stanford: The Cardinal has won four of five in the series, including a 37‑14 blowout of the Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in 2010 … Notre Dame won the last meeting in South Bend, 20‑13 in overtime … Notre Dame had won seven straight in the series (2002‑08) prior to the recent stretch … In each of the four meetings since Kelly arrived in 2010, both teams have committed at least two turnovers … The Cardinal has recorded at least one takeaway in 40 of its last 43 outings and at least one sack in 37 of its last 38 contests (the only game without a sack came in 2013 at Army, which attempted just 10 passes) … Stanford’s schedule includes a brutal road slate, with trips to Washington, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Oregon, Cal and UCLA … Through the first four games of the season, Stanford had not allowed an opponent to score 30 points, extending the program’s nation-leading streak to 27 games … Stanford is among just three schools (Alabama and Oregon) with 10 or more wins in each season from 2010-13 … Stanford was one of 13 Football Bowl Subdivision football schools and the only Pac-12 football program to earn a Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads … The Cardinal has had three or more players selected in the NFL Draft each of the past five years, including a program-best six in 2014.