Notre Dame Out of Luck Against Stanford

James BrownSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Andrew Luck #12 and Richard Sherman #9 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate from the sidelines after Stanford scored a touchdown to go up 67-24 in the fourth quarter of their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Stanford Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame Football has been the victim of last minute losses this season and this week they try and get back on the winning track when they face the Stanford Cardinal. BetMania has the Fighting Irish listed as 4.5 point home underdogs in South Bend this weekend.

Notre Dame started the season off with a win against Purdue but has not won a game since, losing in the closing minutes of the last two contests. The most painful loss may have been last week against Michigan St. In overtime the Spartans made a gutsy call and instead of going for the game tying field goal, they ran a fake, and scored the game winning touchdown. Now Notre Dame’s head coach Brian Kelly will have to rally the troops and attempt to recover from a painful loss to prepare for a very talented Stanford team.

Stanford is undefeated on the season and they have been running over the opposition with a high powered offense led by quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck should be a Heisman candidate and has looked sharp as a razor this year tossing 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is leading the No. 3 scoring offense in the country averaging 52 points per game, but this week he will be missing one of his main weapons. Superstar wide receiver Ryan Whalen will likely miss the game at Notre Dame on Saturday with a dislocated elbow. Whalen is the best receiver on the team and has led the team in receiving yards over the last two years. He will be missed but the Cardinal offense will still be tough to contend with for an Irish defense that has struggled this year.


Notre Dame’s signal caller Dayne Crist has put up solid numbers in his first three starts and is getting comfortable in Kelly’s offense. The offense excelled and that has led to an eighth best passing attack ranking in the nation. The problem is that plays right into the hands of the Stanford defense.

The Cardinal enters this game with the nation’s best pass defense that is allowing just 90 yards per game. Notre Dame on the other hand has horrible defensive numbers. They are ranked 102 in total defense and can’t stop the run. The Cardinal have a balanced offense that will take advantage of this and could easily post 40 points this Saturday.

Stanford is7-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games following a win of more than 20 points and 5-2 ATS in the last seven games as a favorite listed at 3.5-10 points. Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. The bowl chances for the Irish start to diminish as they lose another game against a Stanford team with too much offensive firepower.

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