The NCAA college football regular season is nearing its conclusion, and there are some big games this week, including Notre Dame vs. Stanford. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked sixth in the current College Football Playoff Poll. The good news for the Fighting Irish is that they do have a path to the playoffs.
It all starts with a must-win game at Stanford this weekend. With a decisive win and a little luck of the Irish, Notre Dame can break into the CFP top four. What are the current college football betting odds for this game, and can the Irish prevail?
Read on for a comprehensive analysis of the Notre Dame at Stanford game. Explore the best bets and wagers in this crucial contest for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -18.5
Notre Dame is an 18.5-point road favorite this weekend. This spread is no surprise given the Stanford Cardinal’s struggles this season. The Cardinal are currently 3-8 and are losers of 6 straight games. Their home record is 1-4.
On the other side, Notre Dame is playing lights out right now. Since their lone loss of the season to Cincinnati, the Fighting Irish are winners of six straight.
Notre Dame is not simply beating teams; they are demolishing them. During Notre Dame’s six-game win streak, they are beating teams by nearly a 23-point margin. Last week, the Fighting Irish crushed Georgia Tech by a score of 55-0.
With the College Football Playoff on the line, the Fighting Irish do not need added motivation this week. They are 8-3 against the spread. They face a Stanford team that allows 243.8 yards per game on the ground and scores only 21 points per game.
I expect Notre Dame’s 12th ranked defense in points allowed (18.6) to stifle an anemic Cardinal attack and cover the 18.5.
The over/under line for Notre Dame at Stanford is 52.5 points. Based on a favorable matchup for Notre Dame, I think the over is a great choice. Fighting Irish games have gone over the total five times this season.
Last week, Notre Dame put up 55 points alone against an inferior Georgia Tech team. Needing a decisive win to impress the CFP selection committee, I believe Notre Dame will once again roll on offense.
Combined, Notre Dame and Stanford put up 55.4 points per game on average. This average total is nearly 3 points higher than the game’s line.
The Money Line Isn’t Valuable This Week
While Stanford has had a disappointing season, they are capable of beating good teams. Two of their three wins this season come against ranked opponents. They convincingly defeated then 14th ranked USC 42-28 and upset the third-ranked Oregon Ducks in overtime.
I do not see a lot of value in betting money line on this game. Despite the rivalry and Stanford’s two upset wins, Brian Kelly and his Notre Dame team know this game helps determine their postseason fate. There’s little chance, in my mind, that Stanford pulls off a surprise.
Best Bets and Wagers for Notre Dame at Stanford
Notre Dame needs a little luck to make the College Football Playoff, but that luck is meaningless unless they take care of business and beat the Stanford Cardinal. I expect a blowout.
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