The college football action continues this weekend as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Stanford Cardinal at home on Saturday, October 15. Live coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. See below for additional information and how to watch/stream the Notre Dame vs Stanford game.
Saturday’s game marks the 36th meeting between the two programs. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 22-13 and has won 3 straight games against the Cardinal. Extending that streak to four-straight wins would be the longest from Notre Dame since winning seven games in a row from 2002 to 2008.
The Irish (3-2) are on a three-game win streak after defeating the then-No. 16 BYU Cougars 28-20 on Saturday in the Shamrock Series in Las Vegas. Junior quarterback Drew Pyne finished 22-of-28 for 262 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the win. In his three starts this season, Pyne is 63-of-85 (74.1 percent) for 701 yards with eight touchdowns and just one interception.
Junior tight end Michael Mayer had a career-best performance last weekend finishing with 11 catches — a Notre Dame record for a tight end in a game — for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Irish head coach Marcus Freeman believes Mayer is just getting started:
“He’s special, man,” Freeman said from Allegiant Stadium. “He is a special football player. But the thing you love about Michael Mayer is he’s the hardest worker. When your best player is your hardest worker, that’s the greatest example you can have for young guys and your entire team.
“I’m just going to continue to push him, continue to be the hardest worker we have.”
RELATED READING: Things We Learned: Offensive development from Notre Dame’s receivers and offensive line accelerates Pyne’s growing confidence
Stanford is coming off its fourth straight loss of the season after falling to Oregon State 28-27 on Saturday at home. The Cardinal, led by David Shaw in his 12th season as head coach, currently has one of the worst-ranked defenses in the FBS, allowing 32.8 points per game, 431.6 yards per game and 207 rush yards per game. Additionally, Stanford has lost 11 straight games to FBS opponents and 10 straight to Pac-12 teams. Shaw says that consistency has been an issue for this team:
“Our good plays, our good drives — offense, defense, special teams — are really good, and our bad plays are really bad. Sometimes it’s hard to rectify,” Shaw said. “The same group is out there. But it’s not just the players. Some of the things we are asking them to do, some of the positions we are putting them in, some things we need to emphasize more, some things we need to emphasize less.”
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Washington has 16 sacks this season, across six games.
Eight came against Stanford.
Maybe this is the week? Probably not, but maybe?
(#NotreDame has 15 sacks through five games, including six vs. Cal.)https://t.co/AYbvd1264n
— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 12, 2022
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As of this week, Notre Dame has faced the toughest schedule in the country, per Phil Steele. Given the Irish (3-2) played Marshall and Cal, that might be a surprise, but it is inherent to independent scheduling. While Notre Dame is playing North Carolina and then-No. 16 BYU, most other teams add in an extra Sun Belt foe and perhaps an FCS dalliance.
The Irish are unlikely to remain atop Steele’s scheduling rankings, given the next teams on the list are all about to face teams tougher than Stanford (7:30 ET; NBC), with Colorado playing Cal, Arkansas at BYU and Michigan State hosting Wisconsin.
The real shock of this ranking is that Notre Dame still has two top-10 opponents to face. No. 4 Clemson has two challenging games coming up, but it would have to lose both to fall out of the top 10 before it arrives in South Bend on Nov. 5. No. 7 USC is an underdog at No. 20 Utah this weekend, but if it can navigate that hurdle before facing No. 11 UCLA in November, then the Trojans should also be a top-10 foe, if not more than that, when the Irish head west.
Those are future concerns, though.
Stanford (1-4): The Cardinal lost its 11th straight FBS game, through no one’s fault but its own. Stanford led Oregon State 24-10 entering the fourth quarter and kicked a field goal to go up 27-22 with less than a minute left.
Then, the Cardinal snagged defeat from the jaws of victory, not only allowing a completion but also blowing multiple tackles to give up a game-winning touchdown to the Beavers.
PAC-12 AFTER DARK!#Pac12FB | @BeaverFootball pic.twitter.com/thluowfq9k
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 9, 2022
As of Thursday late morning, the Irish remain 17-point favorites against Stanford this weekend, per PointsBet, with a combined points total Over/Under of 53.5. Do that quick math and Notre Dame is projected to win 35-18. The Cardinal have not yet played a defense as considerable as the Irish, but Notre Dame has faced a defense comparable to Stanford’s. SP+ ranks the Cardinal at No. 97 among defenses, just four slots ahead of North Carolina, on whom the Irish scored 45 points.
UNLV (4-2): The Rebels were raced off the field by San José State on Friday, and while the Spartans were favored, a 40-7 win was never expected. This was the UNLV long foreseen entering the season. It gained 52 rushing yards on 27 attempts while giving up 203 yards on 36 attempts, the kind of disparity that should be ripe for Notre Dame’s picking in a week.
It should also be ripe for Air Force (10:30 ET; CBSSN) on Saturday night, though the Falcons are only 10-point favorites. This can once again, just like last week, underscore how long-held analytics factor into those metrics more than recent results.
No. 18 Syracuse (5-0): The Orange took the week off before a daunting three-week slate, facing No. 15 North Carolina State (3:30 ET; ACCN), No. 4 Clemson and Notre Dame in a row. Syracuse is favored by 3.5 against the Wolfpack, a number that defies distinct comprehension to this point.
No. 4 Clemson (6-0): Boston College never stood a chance. That may sound reductive, but the Tigers were able to hold the Eagles to 25 rushing yards on 30 carries. Even if adjusting for sacks, 68 rushing yards on 26 carries is hardly the sign of a balanced offense in a 31-3 loss. Without an explosive offense of its own, Boston College had no chance of keeping up as Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei threw three touchdown passes.
It’s so refreshing to hear an elite athlete like Xavier Thomas @atxlete talk as openly about mental health as he did today, citing his battle with severe post-COVID symptoms as proof he could get through breaking his foot this summer. #MentalHealthMatters pic.twitter.com/bny2rGivrv
— Marc Whiteman (@MarcWYFFNews4) October 12, 2022
The Tigers now head to Florida State (7:30 ET; ABC) as 3.5-point favorites, another ACC spread that feels suppressed and is thus uneasiness-inducing.
Navy (2-3): The Midshipmen have turned their season around in a distinctly unexpected fashion. Beating Tulsa 53-21 was Navy’s second win in the three weeks since its idle week, the loss a tight 13-10 defeat at Air Force. More notably, this was the Midshipmen’s first strong rushing showing, gaining 455 yards on 69 carries, a 6.6 yards per rush average.
How much of this success is sustainable? Who knows. Heading to SMU (7:30 ET on Friday; ESPN) may shed some light. With Navy as an underdog all along, the line rose as high as +13.5 before settling at +12.5 late in the week.
Boston College (2-4): The Eagles reach their idle week looking to strike a unique balance, something that will not save their season but could tilt them back toward a few wins late in the year.
Hafley: “It can’t just be rest because we have work to do, and they’re young. But, at the same time, we don’t really have the depth to just go out and practice and scrimmage with those young guys like I’d like to.”
— Andy Backstrom (@andybackstrom) October 12, 2022
No. 7 USC (6-0): On the one hand, the Trojans managed only 369 yards and 30 points against Washington State. On the other, they held the Cougars to 5.2 yards per play and 14 points without relying on any turnovers for the defensive showing. USC quarterback Caleb Williams threw for just 188 yards on 15-of-29 passing, but he still threw two touchdowns.
It remains difficult to nail down how good the Trojans are or are not, this roster pieced together over the summer, not yet thoroughly tested. No. 20 Utah (8 ET; FOX) may not strike some as that staunch of a test, but the Utes are at least a known and proven commodity. With Utah favored by 3.5 points, this may finally be the moment USC becomes a real contender … or an also-ran.
No. 2 Ohio State (6-0): Beating up on Michigan State is going to become a Big Ten past-time in 2022, so the Buckeyes’ 49-20 win need not be praised too much. They now take a week off.
Marshall (3-3): The Herd did not play over the weekend in order to slip in a Wednesday night game against Louisiana, in which Marshall fell flat. A double-digit favorite by kickoff, the Herd lost 23-13. Suddenly a supposed one-time Sun Belt contender is 0-2 in the conference.
Cal (3-2): After an idle week, the Bears travel to Colorado (2 ET; Pac-12 Network) for what should be a fun time. The Buffaloes are that bad. Cal is now a 15-point favorite, a number that might yet reach -17, quite frankly, an unusual occurrence in the Justin Wilcox era. Since Wilcox took over in 2017, the Bears have been favored by more than two touchdowns against exactly zero FBS opponents
North Carolina (5-1): Are the Tar Heels an ACC title contender? Winning on the road at Miami, 27-24, puts North Carolina at 2-0 in the conference, so there is obviously a long way to go yet, but it has a decided leg up on the rest of the Coastal division having logged that second win. Pitt is 1-1, and with a tiebreaker over Miami (0-1 in the conference), the Heels may need to focus on only the Panthers in two weeks.
North Carolina should have little trouble at Duke (8 ET; ACCN), no matter how well Mike Elko’s first season is going. The Heels are touchdown favorites.
BYU (4-2): After the loss to Notre Dame, the Cougars host another Power Five opponent, Arkansas (3:30 ET; ESPN). The line has fallen to a pick’em, despite favoring BYU most of the week.
Friday at 7:30 ET — Navy at SMU (ESPN)
Saturday at 2 ET — Cal at Colorado (P12N)
3:30 ET — North Carolina State at Syracuse (ACCN); Arkansas at BYU (ESPN)
7:30 ET — Stanford at Notre Dame (NBC); Clemson at Florida State (ABC)
8 ET — USC at Utah (FOX); North Carolina at Duke (ACCN)
10:30 ET — Air Force at UNLV (CBSSN)
Favorites: Syracuse (-3.5) vs. North Carolina State; Clemson (-3.5) at Florida State; Cal (-15) at Colorado; North Carolina (-7) at Duke; BYU (pk) vs. Arkansas.
Underdogs: Stanford (+17) at Notre Dame; UNLV (+10) vs. Air Force; Navy (+12.5) at SMU; USC (-3.5) at Utah.
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Bo Bauer will not set the Notre Dame record for games played. The fifth-year linebacker suffered a season-ending knee surgery this week, Irish head coach Marcus Freeman announced Thursday.
Bauer returned to South Bend this season only because the universal pandemic eligibility waiver granted him an additional season. He finishes his career having played in 56 games, five behind Kurt Hinish’s record.
The second captain to be lost for the season after sixth-year receiver Avery Davis tore his ACL in August, Bauer finishes his career with 120 tackles including 11 for loss with 2.5 sacks.
“Devastating, just because he’s a captain, provides so much more than just production,” Freeman said. “The energy, the ability to motivate our players, and it’s going to be a tremendous loss for us.”
Long a special-teams extraordinaire, Bauer has continued to produce there this season, starting only two games in his career.
“You hurt for a guy like Bo who gives so much to this place,” Freeman said. “He’s an emotional leader, he’s a captain, he’s unselfish.”
RELATED READING: Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 52 Bo Bauer, fifth-year linebacker, Ironman
Bauer most memorably nearly scored against USC last season, somewhat prevented from doing so because Notre Dame’s pass rush was too good. When end Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa hit Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis as he threw, he knocked Slovis into tackle Jayson Ademilola, keeping the passer upright.
That was how Slovis could track down Bauer at the four-yard line after a 79-yard return.
TURNOVER ALERT 🚨
WHAT A PLAY BY @____bb52!#GoIrish | @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/QN8dLLlO0A
— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) October 24, 2021
Bauer had seen less playing time this season as senior Jack Kiser’s role increased and senior Marist Liufau found further health and comfort after missing last season with a dislocated ankle, not to mention senior JD Bertrand remains as durable as Bauer had been until now.
Sophomore Prince Kollie made a sack last week against BYU, and he is likely to see more and more time now, and perhaps freshman Junior Tuihalamaka will, as well, in Bauer’s place.
Freeman was optimistic about both senior defensive tackle Howard Cross (high-ankle sprain) and fifth-year cornerback Tariq Bracy (pulled hamstring) playing against Stanford on Saturday (7:30 ET; NBC).
Freeman “expects” Cross to play after he practiced all of Wednesday, and feels “confident TaRiq is going to be able to give us something.”
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The beauty of Notre Dame playing both Stanford and Cal within one season is the same college-football mind can provide insight on both the Bay Area opponents. The only regret is both games are in South Bend, so a San Francisco beer cannot be personally bought for Alex Simon of The Mercury News.
He deserves one for turning around these answers on shorter notice than usual, given the effects of Las Vegas delayed much work around here.
The Irish host the Cardinal on Saturday at 7:30 ET on NBC.
DF: Wait, you were at Stanford’s 28-27 loss to Oregon State as a fan? You chose to go to that game? I ask this only somewhat in jest, why?
AS: The simple answer: it’s college football! I also love the Stanford band, which was their usual incorrigible delight. But as someone who is typically still working on Saturday nights, the one Saturday night I had free was this one (after I covered David Shaw’s son catching a game-winning touchdown pass, no less), and the chance to show a friend the underrated Stanford tailgate scene. And the game ended up being quite worthwhile!
I did not watch most of that game. More precisely, I saw the final six or seven minutes from a stool at a blackjack table in the Excalibur in Las Vegas, only a short walk from Allegiant Stadium. I missed most of the broadcast shots of fans sleeping through Stanford’s first chance at an FBS win in a long while. My primary takeaway was that the Cardinal is prone to giving up big plays. I don’t say that solely because of that disaster of a losing play; including that tackling catastrophe, Stanford has given up 10 explosive scores this season. Would you put the onus on the scheme or on players just getting beat?
It’s definitely more player-based in terms of the breakdown on that play. But even more than the scheme, there’s just a talent difference for the Cardinal right now. Stanford has always found specific niches where they were successful, and longtime defensive backs coach Duane Akina has been a bright spot — current Saints corner Paulson Adebo was just drafted after 2020. But in the last few years, the recruiting has dropped off rather significantly, and it’s starting to show on the field.
Note from Douglas: That is former Notre Dame commit Paulson Adebo, the Irish finishing as runner-ups to the Cardinal for the Texas product, a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 cornerback who could have, in theory, helped keep Notre Dame a bit more competitive in two Playoff appearances where its defensive backs were exposed.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 9, 2022
My instinct was both. It would be hard for one or the other to lead to a defense giving up 6.85 yards per rush against FBS opponents (sacks adjusted). Going against a Notre Dame offense that has leaned into the ground game the last three weeks, is there any reason to think the Cardinal will slow the Irish rushing attack? I am not saying Notre Dame will match the 281 yards on 54 carries it used to rout Stanford, 38-17, in 2018, but I did think to look up those numbers.
I would say no, but I do think the main way they could slow down the rushing attack is by being too vulnerable through the air while focusing on the ground. The Irish have obviously been more run-based in their recent upswing, but the Cardinal could sell out to stop the run and force Drew Pyne to try and beat it. North Carolina found out how that goes the hard way, but I still think Stanford’s more inclined to test it secondary rather than leave itself light in the box.
It seems I have little respect for the Cardinal defense. Tell me why I’m wrong.
I mean, this is a 1-4 team that ranks 110th of 131 FBS teams in points allowed per game — and that includes a 10-point effort against an FCS team. You’re well within reason to not give much respect! But could turnovers be a factor? Outside of the FCS game, Stanford has forced zero fumbles and has one interception. It wouldn’t shock me to see Stanford’s turnover luck swing its way here … if it creates the opportunity for it. We’ll see (… I’m grasping at straws here).
Offensively, Stanford became one-dimensional when sophomore running back Emmit Smith Jr. was sidelined for the year. I say that pretty harshly, and I stand by it even if the Cardinal has averaged 4.14 yards per carry in the last three games without Smith, gaining 356 yards on 86 carries (sacks adjusted). This is a fraught way to look at stats, but if you take out Stanford’s longest run in each game (22 yards, 24, 18), then that average carry falls to 3.52 yards. It is anything but a sustainable ground game. Have I overreacted to Smith’s absence in these judgments? Do you expect Smith to revive the running attack next year?
If anything, I think you could make the point that you’re underreacting. There was a point late in the fourth quarter on Saturday where I looked at the stats on the wraparound scoreboard and couldn’t believe Stanford had triple the passing yards (269) than rushing yards (90) against the Beavers. Tanner McKee is a good quarterback, but this is a very un-Stanford-like offense right now.
In looking at those rushing figures, I found Washington sacked Cardinal quarterbacks eight times for 37 yards. Eight times? Did the Stanford offensive line just wave through the Huskies? Is this the weekend Notre Dame sets its official sacks record, unofficially officially at nine?
I don’t think so, if only because Stanford’s use of the Wake Forest slow-mesh handoff could take would-be sacks of McKee and make them into tackles for loss of the running back. But yes, the Irish, Marcus Freeman and Al Golden should feel like this is a week they can really put up some strong numbers when rushing the passer.
Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee has some NFL potential, but this team is thoroughly wasting it. Don your NFL scout hat and give me a rundown of what makes the pros so high on him.
Well, let’s start with the measurables: 6-foot-6, 230 pounds is essentially the same as Josh Allen (6-foot-5, 237 pounds). So if you take that as the archetype, then apply how Stanford has been blending its usual pro-style passing game — and he’s earned high remarks for his ability to move through his progressions, when given time to throw — with some modern innovations, like the Wake slow-mesh handoff, and you see adaptability. Even though the Cardinal seems hesitant to let him run, he’s shown flashes of being able to do so, like when he went for 15 yards against USC. His numbers even on a per-play basis are better than when Allen was at Wyoming … so if you see him like that, you can see big potential.
Two contrasting things worth pointing out, though: McKee is already 22 years old, having taken an LDS mission after high school. McKee also, technically, is only in his sophomore season of college eligibility right now. Does he get a high enough report that he decides it’s time to go pro now? It’s an interesting dilemma.
I suppose with a quarterback like that, I should take Stanford more seriously, but it is 0-11 against its last FBS opponents, losing by an average of 18.64 points. With that context and knowing the Cardinal is a 17-point underdog on the road this week, what do you expect to see Saturday night?
Well, last season, Notre Dame went to The Farm as a 19-point favorite and led 24-0 at halftime. That game finished 45-14, and to some, it was obvious that Notre Dame was going to have no trouble covering that number. The reason why is still true this week: Notre Dame’s biggest strengths are perfectly aligned with Stanford’s biggest weaknesses. Sure, Notre Dame could be more inclined to take its foot off of the gas than in last year’s game, when the College Football Playoff was still a remote possibility and the Irish wanted to send the best result possible. But even if so, Stanford’s already lost both of its road games this year by exactly 18 points. If you can get Notre Dame at -17 or lower …
It’s deja vu all over again. Stanford’s weaknesses play into #NotreDame‘s strengths. pic.twitter.com/KrwRvUtCwh
— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 9, 2022
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Every so often, Marcus Freeman slips coachspeak into his otherwise authentic thoughts, including after Notre Dame’s 28-20 win against BYU in Las Vegas on Saturday. Considering much of his postgame press conference is filled with more transparency than is typically seen from that podium, perhaps that coachspeak should be reflected on from a few steps back.
Freeman can delve into frustration about the Irish kickoff returns at Ohio State immediately following that 21-10 season-opening loss — the type of detail that most might not consider until Monday — only moments after offering such obvious thoughts as “Do not turn the ball over,” and “Try to continue to run the ball vertically.” The unique sincerity of that kickoff return criticism, a valid one given Notre Dame took two kickoffs for 22 total yards at Columbus and has kept itself to just four returns for 60 yards since then, creates a sense of validity in his broader platitudes.
Freeman oscillates from “He’s a freak now” when discussing junior tight end Michael Mayer with NBC sideline reporter Zora Stephenson (above) to changing the usual rhythm of Brian Kelly’s favorite postgame axiom, “Winning is hard,” only 15 minutes later talking with the media.
“College football, the parity is pretty close for a lot of us,” Freeman said Saturday night. “A team like BYU, you’re going to have to find a way. They’re never going to lay down. You’re going to have to find a way to finish.”
He’s right. Immediate eligibility upon a player’s first transfer has furthered parity across college football (see: Marshall, USC, Mississippi), but it has long been a truth. Aside from the top-four teams, losses can be expected in the most unusual moments.
Coachless and draining talent Arizona State beat No. 21 Washington last week as a two-touchdown underdog. Coachless and listless Georgia Tech upset No. 24 Pittsburgh as a three-touchdown underdog two weeks ago. Perennially-middling Middle Tennessee State (that descriptor was thought of before realizing it’d be the worst pun and whatever, let’s publish it) trounced coached and talented No. 25 Miami in late September, winning by two touchdowns as 25.5-point underdogs.
“The parity is pretty close for a lot of us.”
Winning is hard.
Just as often forgotten, players sometimes take time to develop. Fans want the new signees, the youngest players to explode on the scene and express frustration when they remain behind veterans who were once the new signees and youngest players.
Senior defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah is the best case study of this in 2022. Stuck behind future pros and then suffering a meniscus injury, he had played in only 14 games and made just 14 tackles before this season. The No. 23 weakside defensive end in the class of 2019, Osafo-Mensah was a recruiting coup when he chose the Irish over his homestate Texas. Biding his time for three seasons never changed his abilities.
He first flashed this year at Ohio State, standing up Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson on his own in the first half. He then made a play that should not be forgotten anytime soon on the game-clinching fourth-and-one, more to credit for stopping BYU than fifth-year defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola, even if the latter got the celebration and subsequent praise.
Needed to cut this one up real quick to make sure Nana Osafo-Mensah and JD Bertrand get some credit for the fourth-down stuff in addition to Jayson Ademilola. NOM holds his ground. Bertrand fills the hole. @insideNDsports
Extended highlights from @NDonNBC: https://t.co/SH1OKpoj00 pic.twitter.com/prvx8DRdrD
— Tyler James (@TJamesND) October 9, 2022
Fifth-year cornerback Tariq Bracy’s “grade 1” hamstring pull will leave him questionable this weekend, per Freeman, against Stanford (7:30 ET; NBC). In another moment of more transparency than usual at a press conference, Freeman revealed an error in preparation that may have contributed to Bracy’s injury.
“I just found out he had a virus illness, so he was probably a little bit dehydrated,” Freeman said Monday. “He was playing a lot of plays running around there. … He’s kind of freaky in terms of athletically, hopefully he’ll bounce back.”
Without Bracy, Notre Dame would lean more on the freshman duo of Jaden Mickey and Benjamin Morrison.
Freeman expects senior defensive tackle Howard Cross to play against the Cardinal after a pregame test of a high ankle sprain sidelined him in Allegiant Stadium.
SPEAKING OF ALLEGIANT STADIUM
What a facility. Simple as that.
Freeman continues to try to claim it felt like a home game, but the Cougars fans were every bit as loud as the Irish fans in the building, probably a 60/40 split as far as literal attendance goes, suggesting about 25,000 BYU fans made it to Las Vegas.
Allegiant Stadium’s design allowed it to feel like an intimate environment, and it held the sound better than most stadiums, open or domed.
No. 4 CLEMSON vs. IRISH FANS
NBC will host a watch party at one of four bars when Notre Dame hosts national title contenders Clemson on Nov. 5. But the question is, what bar?
The Linebacker Lounge and O’Rourke’s Public House, each just a block off campus in South Bend, could host the event, if one of them beats out TD’s and Backstreets in Clemson.
Vote for a bar in this Fanbase Face-off here.
Not to skew the results, but a personal endorsement from this space: As famed as the Linebacker Lounge is, and it should be on the to-do list for any fan making their first trip to Notre Dame, most postgame writing that shows up here after a home game is done from O’Rourke’s. For years, that staff has let yours truly stand at a hightop past last call and after bar close, they have swept around him and left two bar stools on the floor until all other cleanup work was done. A laptop bag sat on one. The other is empty, because in order to stay awake at that point in the night, the writing is done standing, but it is theoretically where this scribe sits.
TD’s and Backstreets both sound great. And few things in life are better than a Tuesday burger at the ‘Backer in the summer. But consider this a vote for O’Rourke’s. Then again …
Let’s say each of us gauges any bar on 7 categories.
Drink taste, drink strength, line to get in, staff, music, dance floor, bathroom terrors.
If a bar fails one or two, you note it. Three, you probably don’t go back.
But the Backer fails them all so perfectly that it works.
— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) September 6, 2022
ABOUT TUESDAY’S SILENCE
There was no article published here Tuesday. This is no apology. This is an acknowledgment of an inevitability. To pull directly from the 40 preseason predictions …
“16) Notre Dame will beat BYU in Las Vegas, and coming off a top-25 win, this space will miss at least one day of publishing the following week. Who can say why.”
The “why” was not drinks. There were only seven in the last week, with no night involving more than three. The “why” was not gambling. Money was lost at a blackjack table only once. The “why” was a lack of sleep while balancing work duties with the obligation to a college roommate’s bachelor party, delayed by two years for obvious reasons.
That lack of sleep was validated when said roommate confessed to reading every article this space publishes. He should find better things to do with his time, but we all make mistakes in life, and this was not his greatest mistake during his own bachelor party in Las Vegas.
Anyway, appreciate the kind words, old friend. And dinner Thursday night at Carson Kitchen was my personal highlight of the weekend, especially as you realized I did not overhype the pork belly.
Can now consider the rogue -16.5s to be the exception, #NotreDame back to a full 17-point favorite against Stanford on Saturday.
— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 11, 2022
INSIDE THE IRISH
— Michael Mayer, Notre Dame hold on in Las Vegas amid second-half BYU surge
— Highlights: Notre Dame 28, BYU 20 — Big running plays seal third straight Irish win
— Offensive development from Notre Dame’s receivers and offensive line accelerates Pyne’s growing confidence
— Vancouver police seek help locating missing Ethan Johnson
— Observer on the ground: Las Vegas
— ‘A sense of community in Las Vegas’: Students return from Shamrock Series game
— Happily ever after? Tracking Notre Dame’s football transfers
— Who’s your backup QB? You’ll probably need him
— Halfway through the season, 19 teams are still in the College Football Playoff hunt
— Power 5 coaches weigh in on early firings, football’s direction
Ignore the Stanford projected points here and instead look at the Cardinal defensive rankings.
Cardinal referring to the team and the color of the rankings, as in, disaster. https://t.co/IqfDQEIi8h
— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 11, 2022
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