ESPN's College Gameday is finally returning to South Bend, Ind. for the first time since 2005 as the 18th ranked Stanford Cardinal take on the 9th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cardinal are 4-1, while the Irish are sporting a sterling 5-0 record. But if you have watched the Irish in recent seasons, it's no wonder that College Gameday has taken five years to return. Regardless, this should be a solid matchup to prove whether either (or both?) of these teams are actually legit, and worthy of their current Top 25 rankings. When these teams last played, the Cardinal barely squeaked out an overtime win against Arizona; while the Irish absolutely demolished the University of Miami (FL) 41-3, at Chicago's Soldier Field.
This will be the eighth visit for College Gameday to Notre Dame's campus in the 26 years of the popular college pre-game program. For anyone that is intrigued, in those previous seven visits the Irish have a 3-4 record when the show is onhand for the gameday festivities including the first ever GameDay road trip in 1993. That day it was #1 FSU vs #2 Notre Dame. Just watch and see how much things have changed in those 19 years. Indoors? Corso using hats? CRAIG JAMES?!?