We can almost start thinking about Notre Dame's trip to Los Angeles next weekend, but there is still one last hurdle, albeit a low one, for the Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Indiana when 5-5 Wake Forest makes its first trip to Notre Dame Stadium.
While the Demon Deacons still have a chance at matching last year's six wins, this year's Wake Forest team appears far more incapable of upsetting Notre Dame than the team that played the Irish tough 54 weeks ago in a 24-17 loss in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
I could stick to the template and tell you that if Notre Dame runs the ball, avoids turnovers and pressures the quarterback, it'll be 11-0. Let's not make it that simple. Here are five keys to the Irish turning in a solid performance on Senior Day on Saturday before everyone can turn their attention to USC and the national title race.