Notre Dame vs Stanford: Andrew Luck Will Annihilate Inferior Fighting Irish

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 24, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will annihilate an overrated Notre Dame defense on Saturday to keep the Cardinal in the BCS title hunt.

Luck followed up his team's loss to Pac-12 rival Oregon with a good game against the Cal Bears last week, throwing for 257 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

The Fighting Irish are 8-3 this season, but have played many bad teams. Stanford is by far the best team they will play this year, and Luck is leaps and bounds the best quarterback Notre Dame will go up against.

Against their four best opponents—Michigan State, Michigan, USC, and South Florida—the Irish are 1-3. They barely beat a terrible 3-8 Boston College team last week.

The Fighting Irish defense has just 20 sacks on the season, tied for 61st in the country. Luck will have plenty of time to sit in the pocket and find the open man. It also doesn't hurt that Stanford has a great offensive line and several talented tight ends that block well.

Notre Dame also has just five interceptions on the season and have not been able to create very many turnovers to give their offense great field position.

Against another top Pac-12 quarterback in Matt Barkley from USC, the Irish allowed the Trojans star QB to throw for 223 yards and two touchdowns. The Irish did not intercept Barkley once.

It is really difficult to see the Irish not being dominated by Luck. He has thrown for at least 250 yards in seven games this season and has 31 touchdown passes with just eight interceptions on the season.

The Irish's inability to create enough offense will give the Cardinal good field position because Notre Dame won't be able to get deep into Stanford territory that often.

With a short field, Luck will not fail to score multiple touchdowns. 

After a few mediocre performances the past four games, Luck will be eager to prove he is still the top choice for the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL draft with a great day against the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame has not won five straight games since 2006, when they went on an eight-game run, and their winning streak will end on Saturday versus the top quarterback in the nation.