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What to watch: Week 7 vs. Stanford

10/11/2012

Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

1. Quarterback play. Josh Nunes beat USC, lost to Washington and had fans calling for his job ... then had the best game of his career last week against Arizona. Having to replace all-everything QB Andrew Luck probably doesn't help matters, either. Everett Golson, meanwhile, was yanked from the Purdue game, played great at night at Michigan State, got yanked from the Michigan game and also will be coming off the best game of his career, last week against Miami. Each defense will look to test the opposing quarterback Saturday.

2. Stanford sack. Notre Dame hasn't allowed a sack since Week 3 at Michigan State, but that's bound to change against Stanford's defense. The Cardinal average nearly three a game and had three last week against Arizona. They also are fourth in the nation in tackles for loss (8.6 per game), so the Irish need to avoid negative plays as much as possible.

3. Pink all over. Players and coaches will be decked out in pink accessories as Notre Dame recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Kelly Cares Foundation is also selling Brian Kelly face-ka-bobs. Kelly's wife, Paqui, is a two-time breast cancer survivor who recently reached the five-year cancer-free mark.