Facing a formidable defense and poor weather, the Cardinal needed their top playmaker Ty Montgomery to perform well. Instead, he dropped several passes and contributed to an interception that helped spark Notre Dame's comeback win.
Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston may be the headliners but a strong class of defensive linemen could prove the real story of the 2015 NFL draft. With the NFL and NCAA seasons under way, Senior Analyst Rob Rang projects what may happen in the first round.
There's an old adage you often hear from football coaches, 'Don't let a team beat you two weeks in a row.' In examining what kind of carryover facing a very physical opponent can have, I looked at the toll it takes facing the Stanford Cardinal.