When the No. 17 Stanford Cardinal hit the road to take on the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, they may be forced to do so without one of their top offensive players. Ty Montgomery, one of Stanford’s leading wide receivers, will likely miss the game this weekend with a lower body injury.
Cardinal head coach David Shaw said that it was very unlikely that Montgomery would play when Stanford faces its’ toughest opponent of the season in Notre Dame. And while the Cardinal have struggled at times to put up points, they are coming off of a 54-48 overtime victory against the Arizona Wildcats last weekend. In that game, Montogomery had 3 catches for 29 yards.
For the season, Montgomery is the team’s third leading receiver with 18 catches for 168 yards. He also happens to be Stanford’s top kickoff returner. If you know anything about this year’s Fighting Irish team, it is that they are stout on defense. Stanford may need every possible option at its’ disposal if they are to upset the Irish on Saturday.
The Cardinal rank just 62nd in the country in passing yards per game, and they are 49th overall in scoring at just over 31 points per game. The Fighting Irish are ranked lower than Stanford in many offensive categories, but they are the No. 2 team in the nation in points allowed, giving up an average of just under eight points per game.
As of now, the big game that will be the home of ESPN College Gameday this Saturday features Notre Dame as an eight point favorite over Stanford. It is just the second time in this great rivalry that will feature both teams ranked in the top 20 in the country.