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Notre Dame Fighting Irish against Stanford Cardinal Betting

Written by Gaby Varji   
Saturday, 26 November 2011 10:08

Notre Dame Fighting Irish against Stanford Cardinal PreviewNotre Dame Fighting Irish will face Stanford Cardinal on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

It sure went south in a hurry at the Farm. Just one loss, a 53-30 mugging by Oregon – coupled with a struggle against Cal last week – and the 10-1 Cardinal have somehow slid clear down to No. 9 in the new BCS rankings (QB Andrew Luck’s Heisman campaign is losing steam, too).

You’d expect them to be primed here against a Notre Dame team they whipped 37-14 at South Bend last year, right? The problem with backing Stanford, though, is this: Oregon kicks off its game with Oregon State over four hours earlier and since a Ducks’ win gives them the Pac-12 North trophy, the Cardinal could be very up – or very down – depending on the result from Eugene.

The Irish need no extra incentive after having been dissected by Luck and company last year, and it doesn’t hurt that the Dame stands 3-1 ATS overall and 5-1 ATS on the road in this intriguing series.

Head coach Brian Kelly should also have his guys ready to go after sleepwalking through last week’s 16-14 win over Boston College. Stanford doesn’t come to the party empty-handed.

The Tree is on a 4-0 ATS run versus a non-conference foe with revenge and also boasts a 6-0 ATS mark versus .500 or less opposition this year.

But Kelly counters with a 13-3-1 ATS bonanza as a dog versus a foe off an ATS loss.

Make no mistake; the Irish want this one bad… and with a defense that hasn’t yielded over 35 points all year, the O-boys should score enough to keep it interesting. Take it if you play it.

Sportsbooks currently have the Cardinal listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Fighting Irish, while the game's total is sitting at 58.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Stanford Cardinal Stats:

Notre Dame is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Notre Dame is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Stanford
Stanford is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games
Stanford is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Stanford's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games

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