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Dating back to 2009, Notre Dame victories have been synonymous with Shamrock Series games.
That trend persisted in 2013, as the Irish defeated Arizona State, 37-34, at AT&T Stadium in the fifth edition of the Shamrock Series. This moved the program to 5-0 all time in the annual neutral site game series.
Preceding the game, Arizona State was a popular upset pick (yours truly pegged the Sun Devils to upend Notre Dame), and for good reason: head coach Todd Graham's team entered the contest ranked 22nd nationally and had already upset then 20th-ranked Wisconsin.
Adding Graham's relative success against Notre Dame in recent years, the smart money seemed to be on the Sun Devils.
However, Notre Dame silenced their doubters with a convincing win, not as close as the final score indicated (the Irish led by 10 with 1:08 remaining in regulation).
Despite the Sun Devils' disappointing 37-23 loss to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl, they entered postseason play ranked 14th in the country, making this specific Irish victory rather impressive. Also worth noting is that the only other team to beat Arizona State in the regular season was Stanford, which defeated the Sun Devils 42-28 (the Cardinal beat Arizona State a second time in the Pac-12 Championship Game).