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College Gameday Or Midterms, Notre Dame? Both.

Work hard, football hard.

Midterms are here. Notre Dame students are overwhelmed with exams, papers, and projects.

But the Irish are undefeated, and "College Gameday" is coming to campus.

This weekend will be the first time that the Gameday crew broadcasts from “Irish” soil since The Game That Must Not Be Named versus USC in 2005.

But ND fans should look back only as far as Saturday night’s 41-4 steamrolling of Miami at Chicago’s Soldier Field. For the first time since 2002, the Irish boast an undefeated record of 5-0. Going into Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. match-up versus the 17th-ranked Stanford Cardinal, it’s safe to say the Notre Dame community is collectively pumped.

The issue, of course: how to balance the at-times conflicting roles of Notre Dame student and Irish fan. I want this week to be over; I bet you do as well. Get us to the Saturday football, please.

But for me, work comes first. I spent my Sunday night studying for my midterms into the wee hours of the morning. When my alarm went off on Monday, I can distinctly remember thinking “Yay! Thank goodness that it’s Friday! FOOTBALL IS TOMORROW!” But once the fog of sleep had lifted and I finally sat up, I realized that I still had to get through my packed week of work to get to my weekend of Gameday football. Crap.

Some students, however, forget about the balance completely. Since the Gameday announcement Saturday night, another endeavor replaced studying: making signs. As an avid Gameday fan myself, I know that one of the most entertaining parts of the broadcast each week is the clever signs that die-hard fans in the audience wave in the background. My personal favorite from last week’s show in Columbia read “Sarah McLachlan Can’t Save These Dawgs," a prophesy proven true when the South Carolina Gamecocks beat Georgia’s Bulldogs 35-7.

Now, it's our turn. Get inspired, Irish.

The intensity on campus has reached new heights -- in both football AND academics -- I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because here at Notre Dame, it's work hard, football hard. Go Irish!