Game Prediction: #16 Notre Dame at Stanford

Bryan Driskell

No. 16 Notre Dame (9-2) will look to stay hot when it travels to Stanford (4-7) this weekend. The Irish have won four straight games, and the last three victories have been by at least 31 points. If Notre Dame keeps its momentum going and beats Stanford it would give the Irish ten wins in back-to-back regular seasons for the first time since 1988-89.

Notre Dame will look to reestablish control over a rivalry that has been dominated by Stanford for the last decade. Stanford owns a 7-3 record over the Irish in the last ten years, but Notre Dame beat the Cardinal 38-17 last fall. A win Saturday will be Notre Dame’s first two-game win streak over Stanford since it won seven straight from 2002 to 2008.

It would also give Notre Dame its first road win over Stanford since 2007.

Now that the stakes have been laid out, it’s prediction time.

Notre Dame 34, Stanford 6

If the current weather projections hold up it will be a cold and rainy afternoon in Northern California. In theory that should benefit Notre Dame. Stanford has an abysmal run game and has relied on its pass attack all season. Sloppy conditions could be incredibly detrimental to a Stanford offense that is already out-matched.

Even though Notre Dame’s defensive line is banged up it should be able to shut down the Stanford ground attack. If Notre Dame can get any kind of pass rush the Cardinal should have a difficult time moving the chains and putting the ball in the end zone.

On the other side of the ball, how well Notre Dame can run the football will have a major impact on how close this game will be. Notre Dame had a terrible rain game plan against Michigan, so hopefully the staff learned its lesson and is better prepared to establish a potent ground attack should the weather dictate that.

The quarterback play was also poor for Notre Dame the last time it played in the rain, but Ian Book has been better in recent weeks. If Book can make plays with his legs, protect the football and be willing (and able) to attack Stanford down the field the Irish could roll in this game.

That loss to Michigan has certainly put a stain on this season, but finishing the regular season with a thumping of Stanford will help erase that, at least to some degree. Stanford being as bad as it has been takes some of the impact away from this game, but considering the history of this series it is important nonetheless. 

Notre Dame should dominate this game, and if it does it will end the season with four straight blowout wins, which should give the program major momentum going into bowl season.

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Comments (29)
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TxIrish
TxIrish

Regardless of injuries to our offensive line (and the not great talent at RB), we've had difficulties running the ball between the tackles. With the weather, I'm not sure how much we'll score. But it will be more than Stanford with our excellent defense. I'll say Irish 23, Cardinal 6.

IrishQ
IrishQ

27-10 ND. Running game struggles again (cold take) outside of Book, but short passing game is effective given the weather and we hit a couple big shots. Stanford makes a few of plays in the passing game but is otherwise shut down. 17-3 at half, sloppy conditions but doesn’t really feel close at any point.

lewboy3
lewboy3

30-13 ND

Matt0315
Matt0315

23-6 ND. Weather plays a big role

Batman1989
Batman1989

If the weather is bad, I don’t see Stanford scoring. They might have some drives that look promising but will probably end in a turnover or missed FG, etc. I’m hoping that ND uses some more of that 4 TE set.

Score: ND 31 Stanford 0

jsully0101
jsully0101

49-17 Irish

T_RICCIO
T_RICCIO

A lot of predictions of ND winning big, Fingers crossed!

HUMAT
HUMAT

30-10 ND.

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

34-17 Irish.

Defense dominates, Irish give up a meaningless score late in the game

PigPen2.0
PigPen2.0

BK gets the Stanford in Palo Alto monkey off his back and Book’s improved play continues (albeit against a decimated SU squad)

ND 31 SU 17

KevinPS
KevinPS

40-shank Irish.

ZonaIrish
ZonaIrish

47 16

Toaster31
Toaster31

38-20 Irish.

Jacob15
Jacob15

30-13 ND

Jamestulane
Jamestulane

I had the Irish 41-17 but Bryan has swayed me into thinking it will be lower scoring

34-13 good guys

Lax coach Leroy
Lax coach Leroy

Irish win 24-13.

GingerBeard
GingerBeard

This team has shown they don’t want to be identified by Michigan loss.

ND 51-3

ND1518
ND1518

30 - 10 our beloved irish

Slobie
Slobie

ND 31-14

Slobie
Slobie

31-14

chamgel
chamgel

Notre Dame 27 Stanford 13

SDS123
SDS123

28-10 ND


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