NCAAF Football Point Spread: Notre Dame -9 O/U 45.5
Saturday October 13, 2012 3 PM EST NBC
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Notre Dame (5-0) looks to be back to a national powerhouse, as they crushed a good Miami team last week and beat a ranked team in their previous 2 games. Their defense ranks 2nd in the nation and they have not given up double digits in points in their last 3 games.
Stanford was a little lucky to come away with an OT win in their last game and their defense gave up a ton of yards. Their offense bailed them out scoring 52 points, but can they do that against a confident and stacked Notre Dame defense?
In last season’s game between these 2 teams Stanford beat Notre Dame 28-14, but that was with a guy named Andrew Luck under center.
Stanford beat Arizona in a 52-48 shootout in their last game and Notre Dame stayed unbeaten with a 41-3 rout of Miami.
On the Season Stanford is 2-3 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 2-3 and Notre Dame is a solid 4-1 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 1-4.
Stanford’s offense was in full effect in the Arizona barnburner with over 615 yards of total offense. QB Josh Nunes passing for 360 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT and will be Notre Dame’s pass defense ranks 22nd in the nation and they did give up 201 passing yards to Miami.
The Notre Dame run defense held Miami to only 84 rushing yards last week, but have a tougher task in this big non-conference match up facing Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor, who rushed for 142 yards with 2 TD in the Arizona game. Notre Dame has a great run D and their pass rush is also solid with 14 sacks and the Cardinal offensive line must play well in this game.
Irish QB Everett Golson passed for 186 yards in the Miami game and he may split time with Tommy Rees. Notre Dame’s strength on offense is on the ground not in the passing attack. However, the Irish do have some playmakers at the WR and TE position and the Cardinal secondary was torched last week almost giving up 500 passing yards. Overall, the Stanford pass defense only ranks 113th in the nation.
While the Stanford pass defense has struggled this season, especially last week, their run defense ranks 6th in the nation. They will be facing the RB duo of Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III, who each rushed for over 115 yards last week against Miami.
Stanford vs. Notre Dame Key Betting Trends
Stanford is a solid 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games on the road and in their last 7 games on the road the posted total has gone Under 5 times.
Notre Dame is a solid 4-1 ATS this season, but after a win of more than 20 points they have failed to cover the spread in their last 4 games. In their last 4 games overall their posted total has gone Under every time.