Notre Dame Football: Why Stanford Will Be Irish's Toughest Competition in 2013

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Notre Dame Football: Why Stanford Will Be Irish's Toughest Competition in 2013
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It doesn't take long to notice that Notre Dame will have another tough schedule this upcoming season. There are plenty of difficult teams that the Irish will have to play, but none of them are as daunting as an end of the season matchup against the Stanford Cardinal.

These meetings over the years have been memorable for both sides, and four of the past six have been decided by one possession. Much like Notre Dame, Stanford has much of its team intact from a year ago and is ready to make yet another push toward a BCS bowl.

Both teams enter the season with extremely high expectations, and it is expected that this late season matchup has championship implications on the line.

There are plenty of interesting matchups to choose from. Here is why Stanford is going to be the toughest for Notre Dame in 2013.

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