Site Predictions

IrishEyes staff, moderators and our weekly guest selector weigh in on Saturday's contest.

For the first time this season, IrishEyes' staff, moderators and our guest selector aren't in agreement entering Saturday's contest:

  • Tim O'Malley (Co-Publisher, IrishEyes): Stanford 44 ND 38 as explained here.

  • Jeff Baumhower (Co-Publisher, IrishEyes): This game could decide the direction of the season for Notre Dame. It's probably a game that is more important for Notre Dame than it is Stanford. The Stanford defense has been fantastic all year, but I believe that the Irish offense will move the ball and score points. That being said, Andrew Luck is the real deal and Stanford offense is well balanced. In the end, the Cardinal offense outscores the Irish offense. 38-33

  • Dave Berk ( Staff writer): The "Luck" of the Irish will be needed in this battle as Notre Dame will have to apply pressure on Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck if they hope to have any chance of picking up a win. Luck, who had a solid season last year, has continued to build upon his resume with a hot start hitting on just under 65% of his passes for 674 yards and 10 touchdowns. The key stat is he's yet to have a ball picked off. That must change Saturday if the Irish hope to post a victory. Luck is the key to slowing down Stanford and the Irish will do just that Saturday earning their second victory of the season 38-31

  • Morrissey79 (Moderator): Kelly gets these kids motivated to take on a serious opponent in Stanford. There will be a lot of emotion, potentially some arguments and fights out on the field, but ND players will refuse to be pushed around. The defense gives up a good amount of yardage, but does a great job in the red zone and holds Stanford to 3 field goals. Notre Dame's offense continues to get better and better, with Floyd having his best game of the season, and Allen continue to churn the yards necessary to keep the chains moving. One final note: Irish win the turnover battle. ND 31 Stanford 23

  • BNolan (Moderator): The team has thus far been Jeckyl & Hyde: Crist/Floyd/Manti and others make great plays, then make bonehead plays. The defense looks awesome, then gets burned. After my prior predictions, and seeing the outcomes, my confidence in error free football is tentative to say the least. Kelly and staff have a lot of work to do to get this team solid from bottom to top, and I'm not sure it's going to happen as quickly as we all want it to. So... IF the Irish play very sound football, without turnovers, poor execution, etc., then they can certainly garner a win. I'm just not sure if they are ready to perform without costly, game-changing foibles. They desperately need a win, so once more I'll stick my head in the proverbial lion's mouth, with some trepidation, and say: ND 27 Stanford 24

  • SeattleND (Moderator): Key to stopping Stanford is stopping the run, as most of Luck's big plays come off of play action. If the return of Jamoris Slaughter makes the difference I hope it will, this will be a close game. If Stanford can impose its will in their running game it will get ugly for the home team, but Stanford has yet to see an offense like Notre Dame's this year, and similar schemes have put up big numbers on them in past years. Notre Dame 35 Stanford 34… Irish transfer Nate Whitaker misses a 46 yard field goal in the last seconds.

  • KurzND (Moderator): I think we see that this ND team will not go down with out fighting or quiting. That said, Stanford is a good team that is very well coached. ND could pull off the upset, but with everything going against them the past few weeks I still do not see it. Stanford 28 Notre Dame 24

  • GaviND (Moderator): If we hold on to the ball...if we play disciplined...if we have don't break down defensively...we will win this game. That's too many ifs for my liking. Stanford 31 Notre Dame 28

  • Weisass (Moderator): This will be a tough challenge for the Notre Dame defense. If Stanford establishes the run then we might be in for some trouble. I can only imagine the Irish fans and the media if we start out the season 1-3. We must control the turnover game! Stanford is a really good team and a ranked one at that. Being a loyal Irish fan I will never pick us to lose, and I think we pull this one out in the end. Kelly has this team eating nails and broken glass and they are ready to take on the world. We just have to play all four quarters and don't fall for the trickery. ND 28 Stanford 24

  • Makaur (Football Forum Guest Selector): Dayne Crist will play a near perfect game as the Irish jump to an early lead. However, Andrew Luck will match Crist through the air and lead a 2nd half charge to tie it up late. ND will regain the lead late, but leave enough time for one last Cardinal drive. Stanford will put up a fight, but Andrew's Luck will run out as the Irish defense holds. ND 31 Stanford 28 Top Stories