The Notre Dame Fighting Irish can still make the College Football Playoff -- but only with a win over the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday.
Notre Dame will play its final game of the 2021 regular season when it visits Stanford, Calif. On Saturday night. At 10-1, the Irish are currently the second team out of the playoffs, just behind No. 4 Cincinnati -- the same team who handed Notre Dame its only loss of the season -- and No. 5 Michigan.
After starting the season 4-0 with impressive wins over Purdue and Wisconsin, the Irish fell to Cincinnati in South Bend. Since that loss, Brian Kelly’s squad has gone on a dominant run. There were three close wins over Virginia Tech (32-29), USC (31-16) and North Carolina (44-34). And then there were three blowouts over Navy (34-6), Virginia (28-3) and Georgia Tech (55-0).
Stanford is currently 3-8 and will miss out on a bowl game for the third straight season. The season started off strong at 3-2 with ranked wins over USC and Oregon, but the Cardinal have since lost six straight. Just two of their eight losses have been one-score games, with five of them by 17 or more points.
Can Notre Dame keep its playoff hopes alive, or will Stamford end its season with a win?
Here is all the info you need ahead of Saturday’s matchup:
How can I watch Notre Dame-Stanford in Week 13?
The Notre Dame-Stanford matchup kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. It will air live on FOX, and it can also be viewed on FuboTV (free trial).
Who is favored to win the Notre Dame-Stanford game?
Here are the odds, according to our partner, PointsBet:
Spread: Notre Dame -20.5
Moneyline: Notre Dame -1176 | Georgia Tech +750
How can I watch Notre Dame football this season?
After playing a full ACC schedule in 2020, Fighting Irish football returned to its usual independent status, with five games against ACC opponents. The regular season wraps up on Saturday night, with just the playoff or bowl schedule to be released in the coming weeks.
What are Notre Dame’s chances of winning the national championship?
Georgia (-125) is currently the heavy favorite to win the national championship, according to PointsBet. Ohio State (+300) and Alabama (+400) are further back but still in the picture. Notre Dame’s odds dropped from +3300 to +8000 following its loss to Cincinnati, and the team currently has +5000 odds entering Week 13 of the college football season. That’s a huge improvement from the Irish’s +10000 odds entering Week 12, largely thanks to Oregon’s loss.
Here are the college football teams with the best national championship odds:
- Georgia, -125
- Ohio State, +300
- Alabama, +400
- Cincinnati, +3000
- Oklahoma, +4000
- Michigan, +4000
- Notre Dame, +5000
- Oklahoma State, +5000
- Oregon, +10000
Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.