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Saturday, Irish fans will take in another "just don't lose" matchup, the second such situation over a three-week November span before a trip to powerful Stanford concludes the season. Still, an impressive prime time win vs. Maryland could help the team's season-end cause.

After a 4-3 start, Notre Dame has won consecutive games they couldn't afford to lose. Two more such matchups, including Saturday's neutral site game vs. 2-7 Maryland in Landover, wait. And while more harm than good can come from tomorrow night's contest, the Irish can still take important steps with a victory. Style points are relevant: Relatively speaking, at least. Winning 45-14 vs. a team... Recommended Stories

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