Notre Dame vs Stanford NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/30/2019
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Stanford Cardinal
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: Stanford Stadium in Stanford, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Stanford +14.5
Ian Book and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish head to Stanford Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Stanford Cardinal. Notre Dame opens this matchup as 14.5-point favorites. The Fighting Irish are 7-4-0 ATS and 4-7-0 when betting on the total. The Cardinal are 7-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-8-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played the Boston College Eagles and won by a score of 40-7. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Fighting Irish was Ian Book who went 26/40 with 239 yards passing and threw 3 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. Ian Book paced the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 15 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He rushed for a total of 66 yards on 12 carries which gave him an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Cole Kmet led the team in receiving yardage by earning 78 yards on 7 catches. He averaged 11.1 yards per reception for that contest. The Fighting Irish ran the ball a total of 44 times and added 252 yards earning them an average of 5.7 yards per run. In the game, the Fighting Irish got 27 first downs and they had a total of 8 penalties for 54 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. On the day, they ran 85 plays which gave them a total of 501 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame conceded 9 completions on 21 tries totaling 63 yards, and a completion percentage of 42.9%. In the running game, the Fighting Irish conceded 128 yards on 43 carries which gave them an average of 3.0 yards per carry allowed. On the day, they conceded 191 yards and earned 2 takeaways.
The Fighting Irish come into this game with a record of 9-2 for 2019. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 36.4 points per contest, ranking them 15th in D-1. As a unit, they have an average of 177.3 rushing yards per contest which is 2nd among D-1 Independent teams. For total yards, they rank 3rd among FBS Independent teams and 49th in D-1 with 4,731 yards. The Fighting Irish have one of the top tier defenses in the country, giving up 18.2 points per game which has them at 1st among D-1 Independent teams. When talking about rushing yards, Notre Dame is giving up 165.9 yards per contest putting them 2nd among FBS Independent teams and 76th in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4 yards per carry ranking them 1st among Independent teams and 52nd in the country overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,825 rushing yards through 11 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Fighting Irish have allowed 1,689 yards. Opponents are completing 53.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.7 yards per try.
In their last contest, the Stanford Cardinal played the California Golden Bears and lost 24-20. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Cardinal was Davis Mills who went 26/35 with 283 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He gave away 2 picks on the day. Cameron Scarlett led the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 6 yards and he tallied 1 TD during the game. He ran for 31 yards on 12 carries which had him averaging 2.6 yards per tote. Michael Wilson was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 63 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 10.5 yards per reception for that game. The Cardinal ran the ball 24 times and earned a total of 61 yards earning them an average of 2.5 yards per rushing attempt. Overall, they ran 59 plays for 344 yards. For the game, the Cardinal got 15 1st downs and they had 4 penalties for 30 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. When discussing the defense, Stanford gave up 20 catches on 30 tries for a total of 285 yards, and a completion percentage of 66.7%. For this contest, they allowed 424 yards but didn't get any takeaways. Against the run, the Cardinal gave up 139 yards on 36 tries which means they had an average of 3.9 yards per carry allowed.
The Cardinal head into this matchup 4-7. Stanford is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 105.5 yards on the ground per game, ranking them 124th in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 1,161 rushing yards through 11 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Cardinal average 365.1 yards per game overall putting them 101st in college football and 11th in the conference. The Cardinal are conceding 28.5 points per contest which puts them at 7th in the conference and 70th in the nation. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in D-1. They are giving up 281.7 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Cardinal are ranked 7th in the Pac-12 Conference. When talking about points allowed, they have given up 314 total points. In discussing yards on the ground, they are giving up 147.2 yards per game which puts them at 55th in Division 1 and 7th in the Pac-12 Conference. For this season, they have conceded 1,619 yards rushing and 16.5 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Cardinal college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish -14.5
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