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: 54.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet in a key week 7 college football game Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium on NBC.
The Stanford Cardinal need a bounce back win after brutal back-to-back losses. The Stanford Cardinal have not lost three straight games since the 2008 season. Ryan Burns is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 768 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Burns has a touchdown pass in every game this season. Trenton Irwin and Michael Rector have combined for 387 receiving yards and one touchdown while Christian McCaffrey has 18 receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 140.8 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 520 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 24.4 points and 379 yards per game. Zach Hoffpauir leads the Stanford Cardinal with 24 tackles, Harrison Phillips has three sacks and Dallas Lloyd has two interceptions.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are also desperate for a victory after a brutal 2-4 record this season. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost five games once since the 2012 season. DeShone Kizer is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,621 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Kizer has thrown one interception in five straight games. Equanimeous St. Brown and Torii Hunter Jr. have combined for 861 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while C.J. Sanders has 18 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 149.5 yards per contest, and Josh Adams leads the way with 391 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 29.5 points and 417.2 yards per game. Nyles Morgan leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 51 tackles, James Onwualu has one sack and Shaun Crawford has one interception.
The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Pac-12 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between Stanford and Notre Dame. And while both teams are struggling big time, it's Stanford who has taken a big steap backwards defensively and has no answer offensively with Burns not doing much at quarterback. Notre Dame has really had a hard time recently, but Kizer can at least move the ball and gives the Irish a chance to put points on the board. I don't see much hope for Stanford the rest of the way.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish keep the trend alive of the home team owning this series.