Notre Dame's road to recovery from last week's 35-21 loss to Oklahoma runs through Dallas, where the Irish will meet Arizona State for the first time in 15 years.
While the loss to the Sooners didn't eliminate Notre Dame from BCS contention, head coach Brian Kelly and Co. have placed themselves in a position in which reeling off seven consecutive victories is necessary in order to earn an invitation to a BCS bowl game.
Accomplishing such a feat is unlikely, particularly with an explosive team like Arizona State being among the Irish's seven remaining foes.
The Sun Devils are riding high after an electric 62-41 victory against USC last week that cost Lane Kiffin his job.
Arizona State and head coach Todd Graham have the opportunity to play the role of eliminator this week, though in a different fashion this time around. Should the Sun Devils hand Notre Dame its third loss of the season, the plug would be pulled on the Irish's already frail BCS aspirations.
For now, here's what you need to know about Notre Dame's fifth annual Shamrock Series game.
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Place: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)
Radio: Notre Dame IMG Radio Network
Spread: Arizona State by 5.5, per VegasInsider.com