Pregame: Stanford-Notre Dame

STANFORD, Calif. -- We're about an hour away from kickoff. The Nike Pro Combat uniforms look pretty cool (at least the warm-ups).

A few things to keep an eye on this game:

  1. Michael Floyd, difference-maker: Notre Dame wants to get him the ball, Stanford wants to stop it. He's coming off a 10-catch performance against Boston College. The return of Stanford safety Delano Howell last week was a huge boost to the secondary and seemed to re-inject some confidence into the defensive backfield.

  2. Tight targets: Stanford tight ends Zach Ertz (knee) and Levine Toilolo (shoulder) were both called questionable midweek by Stanford head coach David Shaw. Though both were on the field during the first round of warmups. Ertz hasn't played since the opening kickoff of the USC game. His return would be a big boost to Andrew Luck in his final game at Stanford Stadium. Ertz seems to think he's going to play. He tweeted around 4 p.m.: "It's been too long! It's gametime and #imback."

  3. National spotlight: Lots of attention on Luck and the Cardinal. Shaw made a lot of noise this week about Luck and the BCS. People will be watching, for better or worse.