Notre Dame at Arizona State - 11/8/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (7-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -2.5 -- Over/Under: 60 See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Arizona State Sun Devils play Saturday afternoon at Sun Devil Stadium.
This will be the third straight road game for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a team that still believes it can clinch a playoff spot. Everett Golson is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his last three games, Golson has 12 total touchdowns and four picks. Notre Dame has 18 passing plays of 25 or more yards and has won 11 of its last 14 games when throwing for at least two scores. William Fuller and Corey Robinson have combined for more than 900 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, and Ben Koyack has a touchdown in two of his last four games. Notre Dame’s ground game is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and Tarean Folston and Golson have rushed for 10 of the Irish’s 14 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 21.6 points, 359.1 yards, and they’ve forced 16 turnovers and 15 sacks. Joe Schmidt leads Notre Dame with 65 tackles and Jaylon Smith has 6.5 tackles for loss.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils control their own destiny in the Pac-12 and also believe they can sneak into a playoff spot. Taylor Kelly is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Kelly has three touchdowns and two picks in his two games since returning from injury. Arizona State has 26 passing plays of 25 or more yards and has won nine of its last 10 games when throwing for at least two touchdowns. Jaelen Strong and D.J. Foster have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Gary Chambers has 67 of his 166 receiving yards in his last two games. Arizona State’s ground game is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and Foster hasn’t rushed for more than 60 yards since week three. Defensively, the Arizona State Sun Devils are allowing 24.1 points, 385.3 yards, and they’ve forced 11 turnovers and 20 sacks. Damarious Randall leads Arizona State with 64 solo tackles and Marcus Hardison has five sacks.
The Fighting Irish are 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Sun Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in November.
Not sure why Notre Dame is an underdog in this spot but I'm not asking any questions. The Irish are the better team on both sides of the ball and it doesn't help that Kelly is still a little inconsistent after missing several weeks of play. Sure, Arizona State is a good team at home but getting the more complete team and the plus money is too good to pass up.