Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-2) at Stanford Cardinal (8-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal +2 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the 22nd ranked Stanford Cardinal this Saturday night in College Football action.
The 8th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating the Navy Midshipmen, 24-17, this past Saturday. In a tough battle in the wind and rain, Notre Dame scored 14 unanswered points over the final 20 minutes of the game to avoid the upset against the Midshipmen. The Fighting Irish outgained the Midshipmen by a 327-318 margin and each team had 1 turnover on the day. Leading the way for the Notre Dame was QB Brandon Wimbush who completed 9 of 18 passes for 164 yards and 2 TDs while also rushing for a TD. On the season, the Fighting Irish are averaging 36.7 ppg on 458.5 total yards per game (168.1 passing yds/g, 290.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Notre Dame is led by RB Josh Adams who had 9 TD’s on the season while averaging 121.6 rushing yds/g on 15.6 att/g. QB Brandon Wimbush has completed 51.0% of his passes on the season with 14 TD and 4 INT while averaging 156.9 passing yds/g. QB Brandon Wimbush is the 2nd leading rusher on the team with 14 TD’s while averaging 70.4 rushing yds/g. The WR are led by Chase Claypool (2.5 rec/g, 35.5 yds/g, 2 TD), Equanimeous St. Brown (2.4 rec/g, 32.5 yds/g, 3 TD), and Kevin Stepherson (2.3 rec/g, 35.3 yds/g, 4 TD). Defensively, Norte Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 20.4 ppg on 370.2 total yards per game (216.9 passing yds/g; 153.3 rushing yds/g). The Fighting Irish have forced 20 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +8.
The 22nd ranked Stanford Cardinal improved to 8-3 (7-2 Pac-12 North) on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 17-14, this past Saturday. Stanford jumped out to a 17-6 lead with 8:57 left in the third quarter and held off Cal behind a strong rushing effort from RB Bryce Love. The Cardinal outgained the Golden Bears by a 378-337 margin and each team had 1 turnover. Leading the way for Stanford was RB Bryce Love who carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards and 1 TD. On the season, the Cardinal are averaging 31.8 ppg on 400.1 total yards per game (184.4 passing yds/g; 215.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by RB Bryce Love who had 16 TD’s on the season and is averaging 182.3 yds/g on 19.5 att/g. QB K.J. Costello has completed 60.7% of his passes on the season with 5 TD and 2 INT while averaging 124.1 passing yds/g after he replaced QB Keller Chryst. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (4.1 rec/g, 66.1 yds/g, 5 TD), WR Trenton Irwin (3.4 rec/g, 36.5 yds/g, TD), and TE Kaden Smith (1.5 rec/g, 24.5 yds/g, 2 TD) lead the way for the Stanford receivers. Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 20.7 ppg on 388.0 total yards per game (216.3 passing yds/g; 171.7 rushing yds/g). The Cardinal have forced 21 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +11.
The Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Cardinal are 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record however, are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
Notre Dame kept their slim CFF Playoff chances alive by pulling out an ugly win against Navy and will be looking to get back on track with a statement win over the Cardinal. Stanford has played inconsistent over the past few weeks as although they got a huge home win against Washington, this is the same Cardinal team that almost lost to both Oregon State and California who have a combined two Pac-12 wins on the season. Notre Dame has an above average rushing defense (ranked 52nd) that has the athletes that could contain Stanford’s Bryce Love and as I think the Fighting Irish playmakers on offense will have some success against the Cardinal defense, I’m taking Notre Dame to cover this small road spread.