Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1) at Stanford Cardinal (9-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 28, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Stanford Cardinal +2 -- Over/Under:
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to play the Stanford Cardinal in a non-conference rivalry game on Saturday.
The Stanford Cardinal are 9-2 and are coming off of a win against Cal by a score of 35-22. Cal was actually able to out gain Stanford in total yards, but Stanford’s red zone defense held Cal to field goals for most of the night. The Stanford offense is averaging 36 points per game with 439 yards per game. Kevin Hogan leads the Stanford offense with 2231 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Christian McCaffrey is the leading rusher for Stanford with 1546 yards and 7 touchdowns. McCaffrey also catches passes for Stanford with 416 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Rector is the leading receiver for Stanford with 423 yards and 4 touchdowns. Stanford’s defense is giving up 22 points per game with 361.7 yards per game. The Stanford defense has 23 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, and 7 interceptions. Stanford has one of the best players in the country, Christian McCaffrey, and need to find ways to get him the ball if they want to knock off Notre Dame.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 10-1 and are coming off of a close win against Boston College by a score of 19-16. Notre Dame played very sloppy in this game and will need to play a lot better if they want to beat Stanford. The Notre Dame offense is averaging 34 points per game with 465.9 yards per game. DeShone Kizer leads the Notre Dame offense with 2362 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. C.J. Prosise is the leading rusher for Notre Dame, but is doubtful for this game because of injury. Josh Adams is the second running back for Notre Dame with 589 yards and 4 touchdowns. Will Fuller is the leading receiver for Notre Dame with 1009 yards and 12 touchdowns. Notre Dame’s defense is giving up 21 points per game with 357 yards per game. The Notre Dame defense has 22 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, and 8 interceptions. Notre Dame needs to beat Stanford if they want a chance to play in the college football playoff, and should come out playing a lot better than last week.
Notre Dame is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Pac-12. Notre Dame is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 9-4 in Notre Dame’s last 13 games against teams from the Pac-12. Stanford is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Stanford 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a win. The under is 5-1 in Stanford’s last 6 November games. The under is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
Stanford will look to get the ball to McCaffrey early and often in this one, which will really test the Notre Dame defense. If the Notre Dame defense can’t contain him, they could be in for a long day. The injury to Notre Dame’s starting running back is big for them, as they will be starting a freshman. I think the home field advantage will be big for Stanford, which will lead to a Stanford win.