Not many teams can boast the fact they have two Top 25 victories this early into the season, but the No. 7 ranked Stanford Cardinal (4-0) are one of those teams.
After September wins against No. 17 USC (17-3) at home on September 8 and No. 20 Oregon (38-31) on the road on September 22, the Cardinal seek their third when they head into South Bend, Indiana to play the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) on Saturday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBC (live in most markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including NBC (live in most markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
NBC (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
NBC Sports Live
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the NBC Sports Live website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the NBC Sports digital platforms.
Stanford’s other two victories came against San Diego State to open the season, and UC Davis on September 15. After allowing a combined 23 points through the first three weeks, the Cardinal defense gave up 31 against quarterback Justin Herbert (346 passing yards, TD, INT) and the Ducks.
While Herbert is a candidate to be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Notre Dame isn’t afforded as cozy of a quarterback situation.
Head coach Brian Kelly made a difficult decision last week when he turned to junior Ian Book at quarterback, replacing senior Brandon Wimbush as Notre Dame scored 56 points in a road win against Wake Forest. Kelly has not revealed too much about how the quarterback split will work against Stanford, and he reiterates both players should be prepared to step in if needed.
“They’re both going to prepare the way they have. Look, it’s important that everybody knows that both of these quarterbacks can win football games for us. That’s the most important thing. So, as coaches, we have to keep both of them sharp. It’s a lot of work during the week, but we’ll make sure both of them are ready.”
The Fighting Irish defense will also need to step up. Containing Stanford junior quarterback K.J. Costello and senior running back Bryce Love are the top two priorities.
After accumulating over 2,100 rushing yards in 2017, Love has just 254 yards (two touchdowns). Costello has been the real difference-maker for Stanford thus far, and the best quarterback the team has had since Love. Costello outplayed Herbert last week, completing 19 of 26 passes for 327 yards, three touchdowns without an interception last week.