Although eighth-ranked Stanford is a two-touchdown favorite against No. 25 Stanford, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly is expecting a close game.
Kelly said Tuesday he expects it to be a game of inches, just like it was last season when the Irish won on a goal-line stand in overtime.
Kelly believes the Irish (8-3) have a chance if they have a turnover or less, can have an effective running game, can eliminate big plays and hold the Cardinal (9-2) to no more than 20 points.
Stanford is third in the nation against the run, giving up just 89.5 yards a game, and average 33.4 points a game. The Cardinal also has won 15 straight at home, the second-longest streak in the nation.