The contest has certainly lost some of its luster with Notre Dame's loss this past Saturday at Pitt, as the Irish could have possibly been going for a second straight BCS bowl berth. It will still be big, nonetheless, with Notre Dame potentially playing the role of spoiler for a Cardinal team that, if it gets the proper breaks, could find itself on the cusp of a BCS national title game berth. (Stanford will likely have the Pac-12 title game to play the following week, too.)
The 7 ET kick at Stanford Stadium means Notre Dame will have played four of its five games away from home this season at night, unless you want to count the Oct. 26 game at Air Force (5 p.m. ET kick) as a primetime affair, too.
Last year's Irish schedule ended up having four of five road games in primetime, too, with the lone exception being the opener against Navy in Dublin (9 a.m. ET).