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College Football Betting Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Stanford Cardinal

November 25, 2023


One of the oldest rivalries in college football will take place on Saturday evening when the 18th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Stanford, California to face the Stanford Cardinals at Stanford Stadium for the Legends Trophy in week 13 of the college football season with the game kicking off at 7:00 PM ET and will air on the Pac-12 Network.

Notre Dame enters this game having won three of their last four games including a 45-7 win at home against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday. Sam Hartman has played a role in the success the offense has had as they enter this game averaging 37.55 points per game which ranks 14th in college football while Sam Hartman has the passing offense averaging 247.91 points per game and has completed 183 of 287 attempts for 2,549 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Fighting Irish still have a chance to get to ten wins with a win this week against Stanford and in their bowl game.

The Stanford Cardinals enter this game in 11th place in the Pac-12 with a record of 3-8 which means they will miss a bowl game for the 4th season in a row. The Cardinals are on a two-game losing streak and have lost four of their last five games following a 15-27 loss at home against the Cal Bears last week. The offense for the Cardinals has struggled this season as they are averaging 20.36 points per game while also having one of the worst scoring defenses as they are allowing an average of 36 points per game which is the 5th most points allowed in college football this season. Ashton Daniels has been one of the only playmakers the offense has had this season as he enters this game leading the team in passing and rushing after completing 176 of 300 attempts for 2,095 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 291 yards and three touchdowns. However, the Cardinals are 0-4 this season when they face opponents in the Top 25 and will face another Top 25 team when they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday evening. 

BookMaker has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish listed as 25-point favorites on the road against the Stanford Cardinals on Saturday evening in week 13 of the college football season. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten matchups while Notre Dame has won two of the last three contests. The Fighting Irish are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7-3-1 ATS overall, 2-2 ATS on the road, and 7-3 ATS as a favorite this season while the Stanford Cardinals are 5-6 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, and 4-5 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Notre Dame is the superior team in terms of talent this season and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three matchups. The Fighting Irish are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings when having been the better team this season at covering the spread going 7-3-1 ATS overall and 7-3 ATS as a favorite while the Cardinals are 5-6 ATS overall and 4-5 ATS as an underdog. I look for these trends to continue which is why I am laying the points when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to face the Stanford Cardinals in week 13 of the college football season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -25