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    Notre Dame-Stanford Preview: Lots on the Line

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    November 22, 2017
    By John Heisler

    There’s plenty at stake Saturday night at Stanford Stadium when eighth-rated Notre Dame (9-2) takes the field to finish the 2017 regular season against 21st-ranked Stanford (8-3):

    --An Irish victory likely would earn them a spot in one of the New Year’s Six bowl games (for the second time in three years).

    --A Notre Dame win would mean Brian Kelly’s program will have posted 10 regular-season wins in two of the last three years, something that hasn’t happened in South Bend since the 1988 national title team and 1989 squad did that in back-to-back years.

    --An Irish victory would mean Notre Dame ends the regular season with six more wins than a year ago, matching the second-best turnaround in school history (only the 1964 team going 9-1 after a 2-7 mark in ’63 would have done better).

    --A Notre Dame win would mean the Irish in 2017 would complete their collection of rivalry trophies (thanks to this year’s previous wins over Boston College, Michigan State, USC and Navy).

    --Though the two aren’t actually on the field at the same time, the game features two of the best, most productive running backs in the country in Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (14th nationally at 121.5 yards per game and fourth at 7.82 yards per carry) and Stanford’s Bryce Love (tops in the country at 172.3 yards per game and second at 8.84 yards per carry). The Irish front line is led by senior guard Quenton Nelson, an Outland Trophy finalist.

    --An Irish triumph would mark the first time in 13 games that a David Shaw-coached Stanford team dropped a home non-conference game (the Cardinal has won 17 straight non-league home games overall).

    But here’s the crux.


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    I do think ND finally gets going back to its dominance and wins by 7

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