NCAA Football – Week 7
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are really starting to believe that they have a real chance of going to the BCS this year. In order to do that though, they are going to have to start by knocking off the Stanford Cardinal in a crucial tilt on the college football odds on Saturday afternoon.
As bad as the Cardinal have looked at times this year, the bottom line is that they are a 4-1 team ranked in the Top 20 in America, and that means that they have every chance in the world to get back in the Top 10 and into the BCS discussions whether they actually can get back in the Rose Bowl chase or not. QB Josh Nunes is coming off of what might be the banner game of his career, a 54-48 overtime victory over the Arizona Wildcats on The Farm. Nunes led the team from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and pulled out the win, and it was clearly the best holistic offensive showing that the team had all year long. This defense is still very much so questionable, though. The unit ranks No. 117 in the land against the pass, and though that figures to improve this week, there is no way that the Cardinal can allow 275+ passing yards in this one and think that they are going to ultimately survive.
The Golden Domers have now gone over 182 minutes of game time without allowing a touchdown, and they have been absolutely remarkable on that side of the ball. The problem still comes offensively, as 28.8 points per game generally isn’t going to cut it against some of the big time teams on this slate. QB Everett Golson remains the starting quarterback for the team, and he has been taking it virtually wire to wire over the course of the last few weeks. The running back committee is featuring three tailbacks that have at least 200 yards apiece, though the receiving options are thin behind TE Tyler Eifert. RB Theo Riddick actually leads the team in receptions with 17, and he is fourth on the team in receiving yards as well with 132.
Stanford knows that it has a chance to do something special here in South Bend on Saturday. This is a line that has been dropping all week, as the Golden Domers started off at -9 and have come down a point and a half as of Thursday morning. Notre Dame probably isn’t going to end up losing this one, but we could definitely see the rush defense for the Cardinal keeping them in this game for the long haul. This could come down to a final drive one way or the other. Notre Dame 21 – Stanford 17