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Notre Dame (2-4) vs. Stanford (3-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
Why Stanford Will Win
Why has Notre Dame been so awful?
The big problem appears to be confidence, if that can be quantified.
It’s the problem for independent teams with no conference championship to play for. When you’re at Notre Dame and the playoff is gone, the New Year’s Six is out of the question, and there’s no real hope for anything other than, maybe, a bowl game, it’s hard to find the mojo again. But really, the problem continues to be the secondary that was an issue going into the season, and struggled throughout the first five games, saved statistically last week against NC State by the weather.
But the Wolfpack were able to crank up the running game, and the Irish couldn’t follow suit. They – stunningly – didn’t rely on their line with a few future NFL starters, and instead tried to move the ball with DeShone Kizer throwing it in a monsoon.
This week, it’s time for Stanford to start tinkering a bit. Going conservative hasn’t worked, and relying on the ground game didn’t get it done against Washington or Washington State. This week, all that matters is gearing up the offense for the rest of the Pac-12 season, and that means it’s time to start firing away.
That might be a necessity considering …
Why Notre Dame Will Win
Christian McCaffrey is hurting with a leg injury.
Stanford won’t be able to rely on No. 5 this week, and while it might seem like a nice idea to get the passing game going, outside of a desperate drive against UCLA, Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst haven’t shown enough to suggest the Cardinal can bomb away. The offense might not go anywhere if the Irish defense is pumped up and ready to come up with something special. There’s way too much talent and way too many good parts to be this bad – can this group put it together at home?
Probably not, but that’s okay – Kizer should be able to light up the Cardinal secondary.
The Stanford pass defense was questionable going into the last few weeks, but now it’s hit way too hard by injuries and they’re not stopping anyone. The Huskies and Cougars combined to hit 72% of their passes for 567 yards and seven scores over the last two weeks, and that’s coming off getting hit hard by Josh Rosen in the win over UCLA.
Kizer almost got Notre Dame into the College Football Playoff last year throwing for 284 yards and two scores, and rushing for what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown.
He’ll blow up the Cardinal secondary this year.
What’s Going To Happen?
Can Notre Dame gear it back up? It’s been a horrible few weeks for the defense, the ground game, and more than anything else, the coaching staff.
Both teams are a long, long way from where they were when they cranked up the classing to end the 2015 regular season. This time around, Stanford is too banged up, Kizer is too good, and the Irish will finally come up with something positive.
Notre Dame vs. Stanford Prediction
Final Score: Notre Dame 31, Stanford 27
Line: Notre Dame -3, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash machine – 1: British pound investing … 2
Must See Rating: 5: John Wick: Chapter Two – 1: Boo! A Madea Halloween … 3.5