Earlier arrival at Notre Dame Stadium for today’s game against Stanford. We still have more than two hours to go before kickoff and at least half an hour before players start warming up.
No surprises on the Irish depth chart, safety Jamoris Slaughter is listed as a starter after only playing two snaps in the last two games because of an ankle injury.
Running back Armando Allen, who dislocated a finger against Michigan State, is still listed as the top punt returner, but don’t be surprised if receiver and former Bishop Dwenger star John Goodman returns punts today. Coach Brian Kelly said he liked Goodman’s aggressive return style and sure hands.
On the Stanford side, receiver Ryan Whalen – who reportedly has an injured elbow – is still listed as a starter. But it’s doubtful Whalen will play.
Receiver Chris Owusu, who missed the first two games because of injury, is expected to return kicks. Owusu is listed as an “or” on kickoff returns.
As for a prediction for this game, Notre Dame would have to play perfect to beat No. 16 Stanford and get lucky with the Cardinal looking ahead to Oregon and USC.
But that isn’t likely, look for Stanford to win this one 35-21.