Notre Dame vs. Stanford fearless prediction and game preview.
Notre Dame vs. Stanford Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 30
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Notre Dame (9-2) vs. Stanford (4-7) Game Preview
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Why Notre Dame Will Win
Davis Mills has been fantastic, and it hasn’t mattered.
Stanford’s KJ Costello is an NFL starting quarterback talent, but he hasn’t been in one piece all season long. Mills was able to step in against Washington in early October and pull off the thriller, but Stanford has way too many problems now.
Mills threw for 504 yards against Washington State … and lost by 27.
He hit almost 75% of his throws for 290 yards against Cal last week … and lost.
Notre Dame’s secondary has gotten better and better as the season has gone on.
Forget the last two games against Navy and Boston College teams that don’t throw – they each threw for fewer than 80 yards – the Irish were able to keep everyone but Virginia’s Bryce Perkins and USC’s Kedon Slovis to under 190 yards.
The pass rush is good enough – even if it’s not consistent – and the rest of the defense has been dominant against mediocre.
Stanford’s offense is the working definition of mediocre with no ground game for the Irish to worry about.
It might be too late, but Notre Dame is playing as well right now as it has all season.
Why Stanford Will Win
Can controlling the clock matter if nothing else works quite right?
Stanford struggles in a whole slew of ways, but at least it’s doing it all slowly.
Notre Dame doesn’t seem to care about the time of possession battle, but as long as the Stanford defense isn’t allowing a slew of explosive plays, the game should be kept relatively low scoring in range for something quirky to happen.
The Cardinal defensive front is decent enough against the run to keep the Irish from busting out yards in chunks, and the secondary has generally avoided getting toasted by everyone who isn’t Washington State’s Anthony Gordon.
Stanford won’t beat itself, so win the turnover battle, capitalize on every opportunity, keep it close late and build up the overall confidence – like it did in the Washington game – and hope for Mills to go off.
What’s Going To Happen
Notre Dame is too sharp, too good, and playing too well right now.
Stanford’s offense isn’t doing enough, the Irish defense is stuffing everything, and even though it’ll be a low-scoring battle for a while.
The Cardinal offense will be stuffed time and again after keeping it close going into halftime, and then Ian Book and the Notre Dame passing game will open it up for an easy win.
Notre Dame vs. Stanford Prediction, Line
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