Notre Dame football prepares for Stanford at home while Women’s basketball gets set for the 2022 season

NOW: Notre Dame football prepares for Stanford at home while Women’s basketball gets set for the 2022 season

The story may sound like a repeat but since losing their first two games, the Irish have kept their foot on the gas, beating their first-ranked opponent of the season in their Shamrock Series.

Notre Dame advanced to a 3-2 record on Saturday with a win over the BYU Cougars in Las Vegas.

Next up, is Stanford. A team that has only recorded one win this season, but with it being a rivalry game -- that both programs look forward to, Head Coach Marcus Freeman is making sure his team takes the Cardinals seriously.

“We have to make sure they understand what the rivalry is about what we're playing for, and then respect their opponent. You know, when you say, embracing a rivalry, it's about respect for your opponent, how do you respect the republicans about the way you prepare? And you know, I'm not looking at a record and I’m not looking at anything other than what you see on film. And then you respect them in terms of the way you prepare for them,” Freeman said.

On the Irish injury report, Coach Freeman says cornerback TaRiq Bracy is questionable for Saturday's game, after pulling his hamstring against BYU.

It's a 7:30 kick-off Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium.

Be sure to join myself LeVon Whittaker, Allison Hayes, and Vahid Sadrzadeh for all of the pregame excitement and in-depth analysis, on ABC57 kickoff from 10:30 to noon.

In the meantime, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team is getting ready for the upcoming season, after last season's run to the Sweet 16.

The Irish came up short 66-63 against North Carolina State, turning the ball over in the final seconds.

Notre Dame lost some key players in the offseason, but third-year Head Coach Niele Ivey managed to keep an experienced roster -- with only one freshman.

The Irish also picked up two players that understand the March Madness atmosphere and will help add to the team chemistry --University of Texas transfer Lauren Ebo and Oregon transfer Kylee Watson.

“I’m super excited about Kylee and Ebo. Kylee has a motor which you guys can see. She’s a difference-maker and she’s exciting. Her explosiveness. She brings what we lost with Maya, her athleticism. Her ability to run the floor and Ebo her efficiency inside,” Ivey said.

“Going into the transfer portal I knew wanted to a part of a program, I knew coming out of high school and also a lot of our team comes from the northeast so, knew most of the girls either from playing with them or against them. So, there’s definitely that comfort factor and I also just felt like I would progress to the best version of myself on and off the court here,” Watson added.

The Irish will host Truman State for an exhibition game on Halloween.

Then they'll open the season at Purcell Pavilion on November 7th against Northern Illinois.

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