Todd Husak Looks at the Stanford-Notre Dame Game

Oct. 3, 2008

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    Each week during the season, KTRB 860 AM radio analyst and former Cardinal quarterback Todd Husak will offer insightful analysis and breakdown Stanford keys to victory against its opponent. This week, Todd takes a look at Saturday's Stanford-Notre Dame game in South Bend.

    Stanford heads to South Bend to take on the streaking Fighting Irish. The Cardinal had its best offensive performance in years last week at Washington and needs to keep it rolling if they want to stay with a Notre Dame team that seems to have finally found its rhythm.

    Tavita Pritchard needs to play at a high level
    Tavita had his best performance in a Cardinal uniform last weekend and it is no surprise that the team scored points. Pritchard made quick and correct decisions and was very accurate throwing the ball, and the results were big plays and 35 points. A potent passing attack also makes defenses play softer and that is when the run game really clicks.

    Get Kimble and Gerhardt touches
    Toby Gerhardt is coming off a concussion from the Washington game, so it still isn't certain how effective he will be against the Irish. Both Toby and Anthony Kimble seem to get better as the game goes on. The more carries each one gets, the more effective they are late in the game, so first downs and long drives early in the game will allow the Cardinal to wear down Notre Dame.

    Get turnovers
    The Notre Dame team is young and will make mistakes. While Jimmy Clausen is finally taking steps towards living up to his 5 star billing, he still forces the ball into coverage and can get frustrated with the offense struggles. Stanford needs to force him to release the ball before he is ready and the Stanford DBs need to take advantage of their opportunities to intercept the ball.

    Start fast
    Notre Dame Stadium is the only stadium that took me out of my comfort zone. The crowd and the history can be intimidating and many Cardinal players are making their first start in front of Touchdown Jesus, so Jim Harbaugh has his work cut out for him in settling down the team and getting them to play like they did up at Washington.

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