When: Saturday 09/29/2018 7:30 P.M. on NBC
Where: Notre Dame Stadium
Head to Head: 19 – 13 Notre Dame
Win Streak: Stanford has won last three
The game that has been marked on the calender’s of most Irish fans is finally here. After having our blood pressure rise while the Irish played against Michigan, Ball St, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, we have finally made it to Stanford unscathed. But that wasn’t for a lack of trying. Three of those games came down to one score and took a strong defensive effort to keep the Irish unbeaten.
With Stanford now here we can finally see Dexter Williams and all the hype with his suspension presumed over. We also get to hopefully see the Ian Book era continue with his solid play last week against Wake Forest. Kelly has been quite on who the starting QB will be but he also spent time this week comparing Book to Baker Mayfield.
Let’s call a spade a spade here.
First, Brian Kelly won’t name a starting quarterback, which is fine. I get it.
Then seven minutes later he’s talking about the comparisons between Ian Book, Trace McSorley and Baker Mayfield in terms of playing style.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 27, 2018
That wasn’t Kelly’s only comments as he also went on to the Jim Rome Show to talk about the differences between Stanford and Notre Dame.
Brian Kelly with some 🔥 on what makes Notre Dame different than Stanford. pic.twitter.com/yJ0gkNLRRx
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) September 27, 2018
After digging through all of that, lets get into the game itself. Stanford struggled last week and slipped by Oregon 38-31. The reason I said slipped is that Oregon was up big and had multiple opportunities to win but blew them all. The benefits of this game is seeing what a dual threat QB can do to Stanford. The Cardinal didn’t have much of an answer last weekend and Ian Book fits the mold. Two passing touchdowns to go with his three rushing touchdowns shows he has some talent to keep defenses on their toes. Adding into the fact that Dexter Williams will be back is major news for this offense. Unfortunately Jafar Armstrong is out with and injury so look for Tony Jones Jr to get more carries as he complements Dexter Williams. On the Stanford side is Bryce Love. Love was a Heisman hopeful last season but he has not quite been him self this season. He doesn’t have the eye popping numbers we were accustomed to seeing last season. While he has taken a dip, the Stanford QB K.J. Costello has been good this season giving Stanford a more balanced attack. Costello had three passing touchdowns to no interceptions and over 300 yards passing last week. This offense can give the Irish defense some fits because they can do everything well. Both offenses have talent and the Irish offense seemed to figure it out last week but it was against and inferior opponent. This should be an evenly matched game that comes down to the final minutes. 5 of the last 6 match ups have been one score games and I expect nothing less tonight. Look for some offensive success from both teams but I give the edge to the Irish. Stanford is coming off a hard fought win last weekend and has to fly across the country and play in South Bend. While Kelly has only beaten Stanford twice, both games have been at home.
Irish will win on a late field goal by Justin Yoon and continue an undefeated campaign
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