STANFORD VS. NOTRE DAME

  • Records: Notre Dame 6-5, Stanford 7-4.

  • Kickoff: 5 p.m. at Stanford Stadium.

  • TV/Radio: Chs. 7, 10; 860-AM

  • Series History: Notre Dame leads 17-6. The Irish have won the past seven, including a 28-21 victory at South Bend, Ind., last year.

  • The story lines: Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, an NFL assistant coach for 15 years, on Stanford's Jim Harbaugh when he played in the pros: "There aren't very many quarterbacks that are tough guys. They like to think they're tough guys, but "... he was one that was." "... The series against Notre Dame ends in 2011 because the Irish don't want to play more than four road games a season; Stanford wants to play a home-and-home series because Notre Dame is a major draw in the Bay Area. Harbaugh said Stanford officials have talked to Michigan about filling an open date in 2012 but probably will schedule a school that could create a geographic rivalry.

  • Injury update: Stanford — CB Quinn Evans (hamstring), DE Erik Lorig (groin strain) and RB Jeremy Stewart (knee/ankle) are questionable. Notre Dame — RB Armando Allen (hand) is out. K Nick Tausch (leg) is questionable. TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder) is probable.

  • Stats that matter: The Cardinal is 5-1 at home this season and before losing to Cal last week had won three in a row overall. "... The Irish are 2-1 against Pac-10 teams, losing only to USC 34-27 last month. ... Notre Dame's five losses are by a total of 21 points, the biggest margin coming against USC.

  • Matchups to watch: Notre Dame WR Golden Tate vs. the Stanford secondary. "... Stanford OT Chris Marinelli, an avowed Irish hater, against the defensive front.

  • QUOTE OF NOTE: "We like to say they are nameless and faceless. We're going to prepare as if it is anybody else." — Stanford center Chase Beeler, on playing Notre Dame, one of college football's most storied programs.

    — ELLIOTT ALMOND