Notre Dame QB Everett Golson has been steadily leading the Fighting Irish up the top 25 rankings this season.
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The #14 Stanford Cardinals head to Indiana to take on the #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a matchup of top 15 teams with great QBs and very good coaches.
The Stanford Cardinals are 3-1 but have the best defense in the FBS, allowing less than 200 yards per game and an astounding 6.5 points per game. QB Kevin Hogan and head coach David Shaw are one of the best QB-coach combinations in football, having won the Pac-12 title in 2013 – and with the loss by Oregon to Arizona on Thursday, could be poised for another Pac-12 title this year.
The Fighting Irish have been no slouches, scoring over 30 points in every game this season while at the same time allowing 17 points or fewer in those games. QB Everett Golson, back from his academic suspension, has been lights out for the Irish outside of a mistake-heavy game against Syracuse last week – a game the team still managed to dominate despite 5 turnovers.
Prediction: Stanford – As good as Notre Dame appears to be playing, Stanford has the best defense in the nation, whereas Notre Dame has been highly mistake prone in recent weeks. Stanford’s only loss came on a one-score loss to USC – whereas Notre Dame has not even played against an opponent in a power conference yet.