A win over No. 4 Stanford and heralded quarterback Andrew Luck would be 22nd-ranked Notre Dame’s biggest victory under coach Brian Kelly. It would mean the Irish ended the regular season with a five-game winning streak. It would give them their first nine-win season since 2006 and their first November win over a top-5 team since 1993.
It would not only put an exclamation point on a difficult-to-define season but could change the perception of Notre Dame football moving forward, although you won’t hear Kelly or any of his players admit as much. To a man, they’ll tell you it’s just another game, another chance to prove they can achieve the level of preparedness and effort they have been striving for.