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Stanford vs. Notre Dame Betting Lines

What: #17 Stanford Cardinal vs. #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: NCAA Football
When: 3:30pm EST. Saturday, October 13, 2012. NBC
Where: Notre Dame Stadium

College football handicappers are looking at what could be a serious defensive battle on Saturday when #7 Notre Dame (5-0, 4-1 ATS) plays host to the #17 Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 2-3 ATS). Both teams put up big numbers last week, scoring a combined 95 points against their opponents. But, given the defensive power of both schools, this one won’t be quite the TD-fest.

Stanford has grabbed the last three in this series, though this year’s Irish are the best Notre Dame has produced in years. They’re off to their best start in more than a decade, and are performing well against ranked opponents.

Latest Stanford vs. Notre Dame Betting Lines

* Stanford vs. Notre Dame betting lines updated Saturday morning.

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Money Line
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Notre Dame
+7 (-110)
-7 (-110)
o42.5 (-110)
u42.5 (-110)
+7 (-110)
-7 (-110)
o43 (-110)
u43 (-110)

The Stanford vs. Notre Dame point spread opened at 9, and has been bet down to 7 at the time I’m writing this article. Public perception is really high on Notre Dame right now, and being early in the week, it’ll be interesting to see how the lines move in the next few days. Both of the sportsbooks below welcome US bettors, along with credit cards for funding accounts.

Stanford @ Notre Dame Betting Preview & Analysis

The post-Andrew Luck Stanford Cardinal are still putting up a formidable defense, and with the exception of last week’s 54-48 OT win against Arizona, haven’t given up more than two TDs in a single game all season.

An important game for both teams, expect the handle to be big, and the Stanford vs. Notre Dame betting lines to be moving all week long.

The current Notre Dame and Stanford betting lines are going to throw-off less experienced college football handicappers who think these teams are more closely matched. Although both of these teams are highly talented, the only road game Stanford has played this year resulted in a loss against unranked Washington. The Cardinal win over USC was a home game, and so was their OT win last week against unranked Arizona.

Considering the defensive dominance of Notre Dame, and that this game is a home game for the Fighting Irish, the Irish at -7 looks about right to me.

The Fighting Irish don’t have a high powered offense, but their defense has been fantastic. They haven’t given up a single TD in the last three weeks, and two of those games were against ranked teams (#10 Michigan State, #18 Michigan). In the last three weeks, Notre Dame has given up a total of 12 points.

Stanford has shown a bit more on offense so far this year, but they have yet to face a dominant defense like Notre Dame possesses. For the season, Cardinal QB Josh Nunes is 86-159 for 1145 yards, 8 TD’s and 4 INT’s. This week against Notre Dame, the Stanford offense has a real challenge ahead of them.

It’s not the Stanford offense that gives them a chance in this game, it’s their defense. Until last week against Arizona, the Stanford defense had been very good, allowing 13-17 points in their first four games.

More importantly, at 2-3 ATS, the betting public just doesn’t seem to have their finger on the pulse of this year’s Cardinal. That could be a major factor in their current position as a +9 underdog.

Stanford Cardinal

Stanford +7 (-110) at BetOnline.com

After knocking out then-#2 USC 21-14 in week 3, the Cardinal are having trouble getting back on track. They lost a heartbreaker to the Washington Huskies in week 4 and barely survived that 54-48 OT barnburner in Arizona last week.

While Stanford came out on top in Flagstaff, they couldn’t have been happy with their performance. Besides giving up 617 yards of total offense (419 yards passing) the normally brainy Stanford players committed 7 penalties for 80 yards. Handing opportunities like that to the Irish spells certain doom.

On the up side, Stanford also put up 617 yards total offense (360 yards passing) last week. They’ve shown themselves to be versatile on offense, and that will be very helpful against that big Notre Dame defense. If Nunes & company bring this offense, and not the one that showed up in Washington, Notre Dame could have trouble covering 7 points.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame -7 (-110) at BetOnline.com

The reborn Irish are off to a 5-0 start and have been steadily rising in the rankings all season. Knocking off then-#10 Michigan State and then-#18 Michigan in back-to-back games earned them plenty of respect from a skeptical public.

Defensively, Notre Dame is an absolute beast, playing a whopping 13 quarters without giving up a single touchdown.

Their extraordinary efforts kept the Miami Hurricane offense on the sidelines as the Irish hung on to the ball for 39:08. We expect considerably more offense from Stanford, but expect Notre Dame to keep pressure on Nunes all night.

On the other side of the ball, Notre Dame isn’t blowing out opponents, but then again, they don’t really have to when the defense is this good.

Stanford vs Notre Dame Betting Predictions

The betting public didn’t like Notre Dame -9 on the point spread, and have bet them down to -7 at the time I’m writing this. I don’t think we’ll see -6.5, but with another 36 hours before the game begins, I could be wrong. Keep an eye on the Stanford vs. Notre Dame betting lines on Friday, and if you see Notre Dame at -6.5, that would be a great time to bet on them.

Notre Dame vs Stanford Point Spread Pick

The Fighting Irish are definitely playing well, but Stanford doesn’t give up 617 yards and 48 points very often, and I expecting them to play much better this week. I like Notre Dame at -7 (-110) at BetOnline, but will wait until Friday to see where the betting lines are going. I’m going to see if I can get -6.5, but if I can’t get it by late Friday, I’ll go ahead and take them at -7.

At +7.5 (-110) or better, I like Stanford instead. I don’t like Notre Dame having to cover more than a touchdown, so this is where I would be willing to change my bet.

Stanford vs Notre Dame Money Line Pick

I’m not going to be betting the Stanford vs. Notre Dame money line based on where they’re at right now. For Stanford, I would need to see +260 or better. For Notre Dame, I would need to see them at -230 or better. Right now, the money lines are +235 for Stanford and -280 for Notre Dame.

I do expect Notre Dame to win SU, but -280 isn’t showing me any value.

Stanford vs Notre Dame Over/Under

The Stanford vs. Notre Dame under of 45 (-110) at BetOnline is one of my favorite bets of the week. Both of these teams scored a lot of points last week, but Notre Dame did it against Miami (FL), and the Stanford offense will be facing a much more difficult defense than they did against Arizona. The Stanford defense broke down last week, but I expect them to step it up again this week, facing a defense they know they’ll have trouble scoring against. The Stanford defensive coaching staff will be working their players hard and getting creative, knowing the job stands mostly on their shoulders this week.

Notre Dame is 1-4 on the over/under this season, while Stanford is 2-3. If either defense is going to break down, it’s more likely to be the Stanford defense. Even if they do, how many can Notre Dame put up? If Notre Dame gives up 17 (5 more than they’ve given up the last 3 weeks combined, including against 2 ranked teams), they’ll have to score 29 for the over to win. In the last four weeks they put up 20 against Purdue, 20 against Michigan State, 13 against Michigan, and 41 against Miami (FL). Miami (FL) is no defensive powerhouse, so 29 against this Stanford defense looks like a challenge.

Currently, the Stanford vs. Notre Dame over/under is 45, and the numbers don’t support a total this high.

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This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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