Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 1, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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32 OCT. 1, 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY COREY BODDEN O ver the past decade, Stanford has Notre Dame's number. The Cardinal has won seven of the previous nine meetings between the two schools, including the last three. Notre Dame will attempt to exer- cise those demons against Stanford in what will be a matchup of top-25 pro- grams and could serve as a stepping- stone to a College Football Playoff run. In wins over San Diego State (31-10), USC (17-3) and UC Davis (30-10), the Cardinal ranked only 102nd nationally in total offense (358.3 yards per game) and tied for 111th in rushing offense (115.3). Star senior running back Bryce Love missed the UC Davis contest after struggling against both the Tro- jans and Aztecs, rushing for just 165 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries (4.1 yards per attempt). Last year, Love ran for 125 yards on 20 carries against the Irish on his way to a Heisman runner-up finish. He ended the year with 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. "The season opener was a miser- able night for Bryce Love, who could never break through the swarm of GAME PREVIEW: STANFORD STEPPING-STONE The Cardinal take on the Fighting Irish in a pivotal matchup, aiming for its fourth straight victory in the series Star senior running back Bryce Love rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2017, but managed just 165 yards and one score while seeing action in two of the Cardinal's first three games this season. PHOTO COURTESY STANFORDPHOTO.COM

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