Five Questions - Stanford

The Irish must be ready when Stanford comes to South Bend this weekend or a 1-3 start is on the horizon. IrishEyes has 5 Questions for this weeks game.

Question #1.  Can Notre Dame keep Andrew Luck in check on Saturday?

Stanford enters the game having already thrown ten touchdowns, the Irish have only given up four scores in the air, can the Irish keep the Cardinal passing attack in check?


Question #2.  Can Notre Dame slow down Stanford's running attack?

The Irish have seen both Michigan and Michigan State post 200+ yard rushing games against them.  Stanford is averaging 242 yards per game, can the Irish slow down the balanced attack of the Cardinal?


Question #3.  Can Notre Dame keep Stanford's defense out of the face of quarterback Dayne Crist?

Stanford enters the game having already posted 11 sacks on the season.  The Irish have given up 5 in three games, can the Irish keep the pressure off of Crist?


Question #4.  Can Dayne Crist continue to build upon his performance against Michigan State?

Crist went 32-55-1 for 369 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Spartans.  With some help from his receivers Crist should have had a better completion percentage as well as over 400 yards of offense.  A couple of more comlpetions will put Crist on pace with other former Brian Kelly quarterbacks.  He's almost there and this could be the game it all comes together.


Question #5. Will Notre Dame get it's first 100 yard rusher against the Cardinal?

The Irish have come close to having a 100-yard rusher with Armando Allen having gained 93 yards against Purdue, and 89 yards against Michigan.  Now is the time for the Irish to have a back get over the 100 yard mark. Top Stories