Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Stanford Cardinal - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (3-2) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal will travel to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a college football rivalry game.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 2-4 this season after losing to NC State by a score of 10-3 in their last game. Notre Dame was not able to overcome the rainy conditions and was only able to produce 3 points on offense. The Notre Dame offense is averaging 33.7 points per game with 149.5 rushing yards and 282.2 passing yards per game. DeShone Kizer is completing 58.8% of his passes for 1621 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Notre Dame. Josh Adams has rushed for 391 yards and 1 touchdown, while DeShone Kizer has rushed for 202 yards and 6 scores for the Fighting Irish. Equanimeous St. Brown has caught 28 passes for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Torii Hunter Jr. has caught 21 balls for 290 yards and 1 score for Notre Dame. The Notre Dame defense is giving up 29.5 points per game with 181.2 rushing yards and 236 rushing yards per game. Nyles Morgan has led the Notre Dame defense with 51 tackles and 2 sacks, while James Onwualu has added 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Justin Yoon has gone 5-8 on field goals for Notre Dame, with a long of 40 yards.
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The Stanford Cardinal are 3-2 (2-2) this season after losing to Washington State by a score of 42-16 in their last game. Stanford struggled in this game, not even gaining 300 yards of total offense against the struggling Washington State defense. The Stanford offense is averaging 19.4 points per game with 140.8 rushing yards and 166.2 passing yards per game. Ryan Burns is completing 66.3% of his passes for 768 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Stanford. Christian McCaffrey (Questionable) has rushed for 520 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bryce Love has rushed for 108 yards for the Cardinal. Christian McCaffrey has caught 18 passes for 154 yards and 1 touchdown, while Michael Rector has caught 14 balls for 187 yards and 1 score for Stanford. The Stanford defense is giving up 24.4 points per game with 120.2 rushing yards and 258.8 passing yards per game. Zach Hoffpauir has led the Stanford defense with 24 tackles and 1 pass breakup, while Joey Alfieri has added 20 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Conrad Ukropina has gone 7-9 on field goals, with a long of 50 yards.
Stanford is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games. The under is 11-5 in Stanford’s last 16 October games. Notre Dame is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the PAC-12 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The over is 6-2 in Notre Dame’s last 8 games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.
Both of these teams have performed below expectations this season, but will look to win this rivalry game. Notre Dame has really struggled on defense, while Stanford has played very poorly on offense. McCaffrey is banged up and may not be able to go in this game for Stanford. I need to see more out of the Stanford offense before I trust them again, so I am going with Notre Dame at home.