With week 14 of the season now underway, the Stanford Cardinal have been one of the best teams in the nation this season even though they have lost to two unranked teams on the season in upset fashion. Stanford looks to make a Rose Bowl appearance by winning out.
On the other side of the field, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been on the comeback trail ever since starting the season 3-2. The Fighting Irish have won five of the past six games and have looked like a legitimate threat to contend against Stanford.
Stanford is led by one of the best game-managers in college football and a terrific leader, Kevin Hogan. However, the quarterback has not had a solid season statistics-wise in 2013, passing for 2,052 yards and 18 touchdowns on the year, connecting with Ty Montgomery 50 times for 822 yards and nine touchdowns. Tyler Gaffney has been solid on the ground for the 32nd-ranked rushing offense, accounting for 1,296 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Notre Dame has been led by senior quarterback Tommy Rees this season in Everett Golson‘s absence. Rees has been solid despite mediocre accuracy, passing for 2,739 yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing 11 interceptions and completing just 54 percent of his passes. Wide receiver TJ Jones has been the top target for Rees this season, catching 59 passes for 986 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, Stanford ranks 13th in the nation in points allowed per game as well as ranking 18th in the nation in yards allowed per game — one of the best defenses out there. Notre Dame ranks 35th in the nation in points allowed per game as well as ranking 38th in the nation in yards allowed per game.
Notre Dame will travel to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 30. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: Notre Dame 14, Stanford 31