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CFB : First Half Matchup
Saturday 10/13/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



STANFORD (4 - 1) at NOTRE DAME (5 - 0)
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Week 7 Saturday, 10/13/2012 3:30 PM
Board First Half
STANFORD - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-1+1.92-32-331.613.4384.4(5.7)
Road Games0-1-30-10-113.06.0235.0(3.6)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.91-21-229.39.0423.0(6)1.726.310.0403.3(5)1.7
Grass Games4-0+4.92-22-236.215.2421.7(6.2)
STANFORD - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)31.613.419.033:1435-154(4.4)18-3254.3%230(7.1)67-384(5.7)(12.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.211.520.130:3937-146(3.9)19-3456.7%224(6.6)71-370(5.2)(15.3)
Offense Road Games13.06.010.030:2028-65(2.3)18-3748.6%170(4.6)65-235(3.6)(18.1)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.32.415.623.231:2235-145(4.1)26-3966.0%282(7.2)74-427(5.8)(13.2)
Defense Road Games17.03.013.029:4034-136(4)19-3751.4%177(4.8)71-313(4.4)(18.4)

NOTRE DAME - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-0+5.74-11-428.814.2398.4(5.9)
Home Games2-0+21-10-216.58.5307.5(4.9)1.511.53.5293.5(4.4)4.0
Last 3 Games3-0+3.73-00-324.712.3375.3(5.8)
Grass Games5-0+5.74-11-428.814.2398.4(5.9)
NOTRE DAME - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.814.222.032:5240-187(4.7)17-2860.4%211(7.6)67-398(5.9)(13.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.713.519.630:5639-162(4.1)17-2958.3%202(7)68-364(5.4)(15.4)
Offense Home Games16.58.516.530:2733-73(2.2)17-2960.3%234(8.1)62-307(4.9)(18.6)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.91520.530:0339-178(4.6)18-3159.6%220(7.1)70-399(5.7)(14.3)
Defense Home Games11.53.516.529:3235-125(3.5)16-3151.6%168(5.4)66-293(4.4)(25.5)
Average power rating of opponents played: STANFORD 41,  NOTRE DAME 39.8
STANFORD - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/31/2012SAN JOSE ST20-17W-26L49.5U41-15516-26-125027-7224-35-2162
9/27/2012@ WASHINGTON13-17L-7L48.5U28-6518-37-170234-13619-37-1771
10/13/2012@ NOTRE DAME            
10/20/2012@ CALIFORNIA            
10/27/2012WASHINGTON ST            
11/3/2012@ COLORADO            
11/10/2012OREGON ST            

NOTRE DAME - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2012@ MICHIGAN ST20-3W4.5W44U34-12214-32-178025-5023-45-1871
10/27/2012@ OKLAHOMA            
11/10/2012@ BOSTON COLLEGE            
STANFORD: The Cardinal were fortunate to have QB Andrew Luck last season, but now reality sets in. Stanford will need to choose between Brett Nottingham and Josh Nunes for the starting job, and neither will be asked to do too much. RB Stepfan Taylor (1,330 rush yds, 10 TD) will be featured heavily in an offense with a good offensive line and a great playbook. Taylor carried the football 35 times in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State, racking up 177 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, this team has one of the best front sevens in college football, and the Cardinal's physicality in the trenches will make them tough to move the ball against, especially on the ground, where they ranked third in the nation with 84 rush YPG allowed.
NOTRE DAME: The loss of WR Michael Floyd is sure to hurt the Fighting Irish, but he is the only major contributor gone for a young Notre Dame team. Following QB Tommy Rees' arrest, it seems as though the starting job will be given to Andrew Hendrix, a big athletic sophomore in whom the coaches have a lot of confidence. Notre Dame is going to rely even more on RB Cierre Wood (1,102 rush yds, 9 TD), who at times looks like one of the best in the nation at his position. The same can also be said for TE Tyler Eifert (803 rec yds, 5 TD). The Fighting Irish return starters at most of the defensive positions, including stud LB Manti Te'o (128 tackles), but they lose three starters in the secondary. Head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will face a tough challenge in finding a way for their team to do a better job defending against the pass.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (STANFORD-NOTRE DAME) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(ADDS Montgomery likely out)

*Stanford-Notre Dame Preview* =============================

No. 4 Stanford (4-1) at Notre Dame (5-0), 3:30 p.m. EDT

The poised play of Everett Golson has Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pleased with the sophomore quarterback's development.

No quarterback in the country has had to manage expectations the way Stanford's Josh Nunes has had to this season succeeding the NFL's No. 1 overall pick.

While 17th-ranked Stanford has beaten No. 7 Notre Dame the last three seasons, Saturday's matchup appears to be a more difficult trip to South Bend with the Fighting Irish 5-0 for the first time since 2002.

Notre Dame reached that mark last Saturday with a 41-3 rout of Miami at Soldier Field. Golson was 17 of 22 for 186 yards and ran for another 51, the Irish's 587 yards of offense were a season high and their 376 yards rushing were their most since Nov. 11, 2000.

Golson's numbers won't set any records, but backed by Notre Dame's incredibly stingy defense, he doesn't need to. Kelly said Golson "grew up" before the sellout crowd in Chicago.

His coming of age comes at just the right time, with Stanford (4-1) up next.

"You're always concerned when you have a younger quarterback that he's going to be able to pick up a lot of things that a team like Stanford likes to do defensively," Kelly said.

"They're an aggressive defense, they bring a lot of looks. But I will say this: He did a lot of things in the second half that he had not done all year. He recognized pressure, did not run out of the pocket, stayed in there and delivered some balls on time. If that continues to show itself, he's going to be very, very difficult to defend because he's got that confidence level and a strong arm that he can deliver the ball."

Kelly said Golson is feeling more confident and he thinks his performance against Miami will be a "great step forward."

"We'll just take it one step at a time with Everett," Kelly said. "We're not ready to feel like we're anywhere near the finished product, but a game like this will certainly buoy his confidence and ability to really focus in on the details of practice."

Nunes will certainly need to focus Saturday. No team in the country has allowed fewer touchdowns than Notre Dame (three), and the Irish are the only team in the nation that has yet to trail in a game.

In the last three weeks alone, the redshirt junior outplayed Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley to upset Southern California, shouldered the blame of a stunning loss at Washington and rallied Stanford from a two-touchdown deficit for a thrilling 54-48 overtime win against Arizona that quieted questions about Andrew Luck's successor.

"It's not that we learned," coach David Shaw said. "It's maybe that other people learned he's a tough kid. He bounces back, he doesn't listen to the noise. He's steady."

Fair or not, Stanford's streakiness this season has been tied directly to its new quarterback.

Nunes overcame a pair of first-half interceptions to throw for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win against USC, including a 37-yard strike to tight end Zach Ertz for the winning score, vaulting the Cardinal to as high as No. 8 in the poll.

He followed that by completing 18 of 37 passes for 170 yards and an interception in a 17-13 loss at Washington, often underthrowing receivers on short routes or misfiring completely. The offense converted 5 of 18 third downs, never scored a touchdown and looked lost for the first time since Luck left.

Fans and media began to criticize Nunes enough for Shaw to open his weekly news conference defending his quarterback. Nunes rewarded his coach's loyalty with his best performance yet, throwing for 360 yards and two touchdowns and running for 33 yards and three more scores against Arizona last Saturday.

"I definitely have confidence now," Nunes said. "The guys up front did what they needed to do as well as the guys downfield. I definitely used last week (at Washington) as a stepping stone forward and learned a lot of things to work on. I feel like I did a better job this week, but there are a lot more things we need to correct."

Asked if Nunes' turnaround performance against the Wildcats will do enough to quiet critics before Notre Dame, Shaw shook his head and smiled.

"Probably not," he said. "And once again, I don't care. He doesn't care. We're a team. We're tight in our locker room. We support him through everything, and he understands that. We hold him accountable for what his job is. But at the same time, we know he's more than capable. And I think he showed that."

Shaw's team will likely be without wide receiver Ty Mongtomery due to a lower body injury. Montgomery, who has caught 18 passes for 168 yards, was injured during Stanford's victory over Arizona last weekend.

Stanford had lost seven straight at Notre Dame Stadium before a 37-14 win there in 2010.

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