Football fans poured into South Bend Friday in anticipation of a match-up between two schools ranked in the top 20. The Fighting Irish and Cardinal supporters are also accompanied by a well-known crew that puts the national spotlight on football battles each week -- ESPN's College Gameday.
Out-of-towners wasted no time taking in the sights around campus. Tour groups trickled into the stadium one after another and even the smallest fans had the chance to try on Irish gloves and get a first-hand look at the golden helmets.
"When Notre Dame is good, it is good for college football," Irish fan Joey Corsl said. "Being able to be here with Gameday, there is just nothing else like it."
Some students said they plan to camp out Friday night just to have a place near the Gameday set come Saturday morning.
The football crowd was in clear view on campus, but they did not stop there. Many made their way into downtown South Bend to take in the sights.
"It's been unbelievable, its a beautiful city," said Stanford fan Scott Alexander. "The people are just amazing and very welcoming. You have got two teams ranked in the top twenty. It should be a great game."
Bits of cardinal red could be spotted at Café Navarre during lunch hour. The manager at the restaurant said they are booked pretty solid for the weekend.
"People are excited, they are undefeated," said John Dawson, manager at Café Navarre. "I think people celebrate more when they are winning as opposed to when they are not doing so well."