There are a lot of big rivalry games this Saturday in College football. USC vs. UCLA, Ohio State vs. Michigan, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Florida State vs. Florida, and the game I like; Notre Dame vs. Stanford. ND is 4th in the AP Poll, but 6th in the more important College Football Playoff Poll. They dropped 2 spots this week despite not playing last week. Stanford is ranked 9th in the same poll, up 2 spots. ND’s only loss came against #1 ranked Clemson, where they lost by 2 points about two months ago.
If ND wins and a top 4 team loses, they can easily win out the rest of the season and make the 4-team playoff, but Stanford will be tough, especially at home. The Cardinal are actually a 4 point favorite in this game, and are -175 with the money line. The Irish are +155. The over/ under is 55 points. Against The spread, ND is 7-4, and Stanford is 8-3.
The Irish did cover the spread in the only game they were the underdog. I think ND will win this game outright, and the game will go over the 55 points. I think this game will help get the Irish in the playoffs in the coming weeks, but their top players will have to b at their best.