Stanford Cardinal vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Preview
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend
When: Saturday, October 15, 7:30 PM ET
Line: Stanford Cardinal (+3) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3) – view all NCAA Football odds and lines
TV Broadcast: NBC
Writer’s Pick: Stanford (+3)
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Betting on the Stanford Cardinal (+3)
At this point, Stanford is no longer thinking of making it to the College Football Playoff. That’s after Stanford dropped its last two assignments, where the Cardinal were skinned alive by Washington (44-6) then mercilessly pounded by Washington State (42-16) last week.
Based on those losses, it’s quite easy to tell that the Cardinal have defensive issues they have to address quick. Notre Dame is in the middle of a catastrophic season but it remains a potent team on the attack so David Shaw has to create a solid gameplan to stop the Fighting Irish. Stanford is better defensively though when it plays on the road thus far this season, allowing 374.5 total yards per game away from Palo Alto as compared to the 382.0 it allows at home.
Stanford is hoping that Christian McCafrrey will be 100 percent healthy against Notre Dame. The versatile playmaker barely played in the second half of the Washington State game, finishing the contest with just 35 rushing yards on five carries and five yards on a catch.
Stanford is 3-1 ATS in its last four road games.
Betting on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3)
Mother Nature has nothing when it comes to the disaster that is the Fighting Irish’s season. With Hurricane Matthew drenching the field last Saturday, Notre Dame suffered yet another setback, losing to NC State, 10-3, to bring their overall record to 2-4.
The weather condition didn’t help DeShone Kizer against the Wolfpack, as he passed for just 54 yards with an interception on 9-for-26 completions. The backfield also put up just 59 rushing yards.
With clearer skies combined with Stanford’s declining defense, Kizer and company should have a better time carving up the Cardinal, who have allowed opponents to go 8-for-26 on third downs during their two losses. Moreover, the Cardinal are 118th nationally with opponents converting 47.8 percent on third down chances.
Kizer played well last season against Stanford, albeit in a 38-36 loss, passing for 234 yards with a touchdown on 13-for-25 completions and adding 128 more yards on the ground with a score.
On the season, Notre Dame is 30th in the nation with 282.2 passing yards per game.
Stanford (+3) wins, 31-28.
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