Stanford at Notre Dame - 10/4/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (3-1) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +2.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Stanford Cardinal are looking to win back-to-back road games and get back in the playoff conversation with a win. Stanford continues to rely heavily on the defensive side of the ball, as it is allowing 6.5 points, 198 yards, and has forced five turnovers and 11 sacks. Stanford has allowed 20 or less points in 11 straight regular season games. Blake Martinez leads Stanford with 31 tackles and Peter Kalambayi has four sacks. Offensively, Kevin Hogan is completing 71 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and two interceptions, but Cardinal fans are hoping to see more out of their starting quarterback. Stanford is averaging a solid 4.7 yards on the ground but has just four rushing touchdowns, and their top two rushers in Barry Sanders and Remound Wright haven’t scored once. The Stanford Cardinal have to improve on the offensive side of the ball if they’re going to make a run for a Pac-12 title.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish return home after back-to-back neutral site games and look to remain unbeaten. Notre Dame is also playing terrific defense, allowing just 11.5 points, 343.8 yards, and have forced 10 turnovers and eight sacks. Notre Dame has allowed 17 or less points in seven of their last 10 regular season games. Jaylon Smith leads Notre Dame with 31 tackles and Kolin Hill has two sacks. Offensively, Everett Golson continues to play incredible football, completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Notre Dame is 7-0 SU when Golson throws for at least two touchdowns. Wide receiver William Fuller leads the Irish with 334 yards and has scored in every game this season. Notre Dame also has four runners with more than 100 yards, and Golson leads the way with four rushing touchdowns.
The Cardinal are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Stanford has issues moving the football and putting points on the board, while Everett Golson has played almost flawless football and has the Irish clicking offensively. Both play great defense, so that's pretty much a wash. Notre Dame is the more balanced team and at home. Give me the Irish in a SU victory.