Nevada at Notre Dame - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (1-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -28 -- Over/Under: 60.5 See the Latest Odds
The Nevada Wolf Pack and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium on NBC.
The Nevada Wolf Pack hope to snag a statement victory after escaping Cal Poly last week. Tyler Stewart is completing 73.9 percent of his passes for 189 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Stewart has two touchdown passes in his last four games. Andrew Celis and Victor Gonzalez have combined for 93 receiving yards on three catches while Jerico Richardson has four receptions. The Nevada Wolf Pack ground game is averaging 174 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 123 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Nevada is allowing 27 points and 445 yards per game. Alex Bertrando leads the Wolf Pack with 10 tackles, Malik Reed has one tackle for loss and EJ Muhammad has one pass deflection.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish could use a bounce back performance after being upset by Texas. DeShone Kizer is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 215 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kizer has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Equanimeous St. Brown and C.J. Sanders have combined for 130 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Josh Adams has three receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 206 yards per contest, and Tarean Folston leads the way with 88 yards on 18 carries. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 50 points and 517 yards per game. Nyles Morgan leads the Fighting Irish with 13 tackles, Isaac Rochell has 2.5 tackles for loss and Cole Luke has one pass deflection.
The Wolf Pack are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Notre Dame has built a reputation over the years under coach Brian Kelly of having a hard time blowing teams out. This is a lot of points to lay, especially when the Irish have had a short week after playing Texas late Sunday night. Nevada has playmakers and runs the ball well, which leads to less plays for the Irish.
I'll take my four free touchdowns.