For the third time this season, Notre Dame is facing a ranked opponent, and after a big beat down of Miami the Irish are back to playing a tough physical opponent.
Stanford coming to town signifies a slugfest of a contest between the Irish and a Cardinal team that wants to run the ball between the tackles and push their opponent around.
On this episode of The Program, we take a gander at this game from a couple different angles, starting with Stanford's rushing attack. Playing physical is key, but communication is going to be paramount for Notre Dame as Stanford tries to scheme success by overloading on their opponent's defense.
In the case of Notre Dame's offense, there are two things that have to happen Saturday for them to secure the win.
Job one in the pass game has to be getting reacquainted with their All-American tight end, Tyler Eifert. He is their best weapon when it comes to the vertical passing game and his utter disappearance from the offense, just two catches per game, is something that must be addressed.
The passing game is not the only area of concern, the run game is a must as well. The zone-read has given Stanford trouble for a while, and now we'll see if Brian Kelly can incorporate that, with Everett Golson, into his offense.
If you like physical, big boy football, this should be a fun one, folks.