Notre Dame catches a big break this weekend after Stanford announced that Christian McCaffrey will not play in their Saturday night game.
A source has told Irish Illustrated that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey will not play v. #NotreDame tonight.
— Irish Illustrated (@timprister) October 15, 2016
Last week, McCaffery left the second half of the Washington State game with an injury that remains undisclosed. His status had been up in the air all week and coach David Shaw described him as being “pretty beaten up.”
McCaffery, who was a breakout star for Stanford last year, was a Heisman hopeful heading into this season.
For Notre Dame, this might be just the break they were hoping for. They’ve stumbled their way out of the gate and are 2-4 this season. They’ll be looking for a big win and with the Cardinal weapon out of the lineup, it could tilt things in their favor. Notre Dame was already a three-point favorite while McCaffrey’s status was up in the air.
Stanford has proven that their offense lacks potency without McCaffrey in the lineup. Even with McCaffery in the game, it has been too easy for teams to key in on him due to a dearth of other playmakers on that side of the ball.
Stanford should have trouble keeping pace with the DeShone Kizer led Irish offense.