Stanford Cardinal (4-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -5.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in college football action at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Stanford Cardinal look for back-to-back road victories to start 5-0 for the first time since the 2013 season. The Stanford Cardinal have won three of their last four road games. K.J. Costello is completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,056 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Costello has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Kaden Smith have combined for 666 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Trenton Irwin has 15 receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 104.2 yards per contest, and Bryce Love leads the way with 254 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 13.5 points and 356.8 yards per game. Sean Barton leads the Stanford Cardinal with 29 tackles, Jovan Swann has three sacks and Malik Antoine has two interceptions.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for another victory to start 5-0 for the first time since the 2014 season. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won each of their last eight home games. Brandon Wimbush is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for 589 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Wimbush and Ian Book have combined for four touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. Miles Boykin and Chase Claypool have combined for 318 receiving yards and one touchdown while Chris Finke has 14 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 183.7 yards per contest, and Tony Jones Jr. leads the way with 263 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 19.3 points and 368.5 yards per game. Drue Tranquill leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 33 tackles, Jerry Tillery has three sacks and Jalen Elliott has two interceptions.
The Cardinal are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win, 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Stanford has won seven of the last nine meetings against Notre Dame, which includes an 18-point victory last season. It's not going to be easy to beat back-to-back ranked teams on the road, but coming back last week against Oregon is sure to give this club an extra pep in its step. Notre Dame has been better than I expected up to this point, but it has allowed teams to hang around in three of its four games, and even Michigan, who couldn't do anything offensively, still had chances late. The Stanford Cardinal have covered 13 of their last 16 games when an underdog of at least three points. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have failed to cover six of their last seven games when a favorite of at least three points. Take away the tough schedule spot and the fact they're playing on the road, the Stanford Cardinal are the better team. I have a rule about turning down free points with the better team. I rarely do it. So, give me Stanford.