UMass at Notre Dame - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -29 -- Over/Under: 59 See the Latest Odds
The Massachusetts Minutemen and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Massachusetts Minutemen look to pull off the monster upset to get their first victory. Blake Frohnapfel is completing 55.1 percent of his passes for 618 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Frohnapfel has thrown a pick in five straight games. Tajae Sharpe and Marken Michel have combined for 419 receiving yards and one touchdown while Rodney Mills has five receptions. The Massachusetts Minutemen ground game is averaging 96 yards per contest, and Marquis Young leads the way with 72 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, UMass is allowing 36.5 points and 508 yards per game. Khary Bailey-Smith leads the Minutemen with 21 tackles, Kelton Brackett has an interception and Randall Jette has two pass deflections. Da'Sean Downey is questionable and Jalen Williams is suspended.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to remain unbeaten after a quick 3-0 start. DeShone Kizer is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 334 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Kizer has moved the chains on 12 of his 29 completions. Will Fuller and Chris Brown have combined for 541 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Amir Carlisle has five receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 227.3 yards per contest, and C.J. Prosise leads the way with 451 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 17.3 points and 305.3 yards per game. Jaylon Smith leads the Irish with 23 tackles, Cole Luke has three pass deflections and Sheldon Day has three tackles for loss.
The Minutemen are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
UMass has lost five of its last six games, but has hung around with decent programs such as Temple, Buffalo and Toledo. Notre Dame simply does not have a long history of blowing teams out under Brian Kelly, and I don't expect that to change now with a new quarterback under center.
I don't love this game at all, but I'll take the points if forced to pick.