The Stanford Cardinal have taken down all five ranked teams they’ve faced this year, including #5 ranked Oregon. But it’s been a tale of two teams for this Cardinal squad, as they’ve also dropped tough games against unranked opponents Utah and USC. After two consecutive installations of this rivalry in which both teams were ranked, this year only Stanford carries a number next to their name, although it may not be a low enough number to get them into a BCS bowl.
Notre Dame took last year’s contest 20-13 in OT at Notre Dame Stadium. Fans may recall that the game ended on a controversial play at the goal line, in which Stanford RB Stepfon Taylor appeared to cross the plane, but the call that he did not was reviewed and upheld giving Notre Dame the victory. Notre Dame was able to carry the momentum from that win into in appearance in the National Championship.
This year, it is the Cardinal who look to polish off yet another solid season and secure a trip to the Rose Bowl. Despite the lesser stakes this year as opposed to last, the game’s average ticket price of $133 dollars prices 68% above the average price for Stanford football tickets at home this year. Although some shine has worn off the game this year with average ticket prices declining 29% in the past week and tickets available on the secondary market for as little as $59 dollars, on average, tickets for this year’s match-up still price 2% above Notre Dame football tickets when they hosted Stanford in South Bend last season.
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