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The Game Within the Game

Put down your depth chart for a moment. Close your browser window filled with team statistics. There is another layer of complexity to this Stanford-Notre Dame game, which goes back to the past relationships and remaining ties between the Card and their former head coach. The emotional upheaval that has followed looms large Saturday...

It's hard to approach a game like this and not evaluate all the matchups - all the personnel on both sidelines. Both these teams have had admitted offensive difficulties with their current regimes, and we're not sure that recent evolutions in Palo Alto or South Bend are necessarily legit. In fact, it's hard to look at this game and not see a defensive battle that ultimately is won with a...

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