College Football Picks: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 29, 2013 1:13 PM GMT

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Stanford Cardinal have been known for playing great defense in recent years, but Saturday’s meeting may open up a bit on the offensive end. Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this non-conference matchup at Stanford Stadium.

Quality wins

Notre Dame has won five of its last six games, including a 23-13 victory over the BYU Cougars as three-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the college football odds betting total for the fourth time in that span.

It’s also important to point out that none of the ranked teams that Notre Dame has defeated have lost a game since taking on the Fighting Irish, going a combined 18-0.

Streaking

Stanford has won 15 consecutive home games, including a 63-13 blowout victory over the California Golden Bears as 31.5-point favorites in Week 12, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in six contests.

The Cardinal have won 12 of 13 games at this venue against top-25 opponents since 2009, while they’ve out-gained opponents by a sizable 1,268-433 advantage on the ground in six overall home games in 2013.

Key to the game

College football handicappers should take a good look at the Fighting Irish in this affair, as they’ve allowed just seven sacks despite attempting just 348 passes.

Notre Dame will face one of the best defensive fronts in football in this matchup, but the offensive line may be able to provide some downfield opportunities for quarterback Tommy Rees.

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Win the ground battle

It’s a pretty simple formula in Palo Alto, CA, as Stanford has put together a dominating 30-2 SU record when outrushing an opponent under head coach David Shaw.

The Cardinal have won the ground battle in five consecutive affairs by a combined 798 yards.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the OVER as their college football pick, as these two teams have combined to average 760.5 yards in the last four overall meetings in this series.

College Football Pick: Over 49

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