Stanford will head to Notre Dame to play one of the most anticipated games of the season. Fans always love when these two teams face off. There are playoff implications riding on this contest with both teams in the top 10. Here are four bold predictions for the action.
4. Notre Dame Will Top 500 Yards of Offense
The Irish put together a 56-point performance in the win over Wake Forest last week and can have a similar performance against Stanford. Yes, it is a top-10 contest, but why not? Quarterback Ian Book had 325 yards, their rushing total was 241 yards, and they got the ball out to many different playmakers throughout the game.
3. Ian Book Will Have Over 400 Yards on His Own
After a impressive performance against Wake Forest, totaling five touchdowns (two in the air, three on the ground), quarterback Ian Book has the hot hand. Stanford had problems forcing pressure on Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert last week, which could prove costly against Book.
2. Head Coach Brian Kelly Executes in Primetime
This will be the first matchup between top-8 ranked teams in nearly 20 years at Notre Dame Stadium. Head Coach Brian Kelly has struggled in primetime against top teams, but will have no problems this weekend. They beat Michigan in Week 1, proving that they can take on top teams. He'll break the stereotype against Stanford.
1. Stanford Has Under 100 Rushing Yards
The last time Bryce Love met the Irish, he rushed for 125 yards but no score. This season is different, however. Kelly has arguably his best defense with ND evr, including a front seven that is difficult to matchup against. Love has had a few injuries this season, but will always be performing at a high rate. This defense will force the ball in the air in this contest.