Notre Dame Fighting Irish at NC State Wolfpack - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-3) at NC State Wolfpack (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Carter-Finley Stadium)
The Line: NC State Wolfpack -2.5 -- Over/Under: 67 See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to play the NC State Wolfpack in a non-conference game this weekend.
The NC State Wolfpack are 3-1 (1-0) this season after beating Wake Forest by a score of 33-16 in their last game. NC State was able to pull away from Wake Forest, despite committing 13 penalties for 144 yards. The NC State offense is averaging 40 points per game with 208 rushing yards and 298 passing yards per game. Ryan Finley is completing 72.4% of his passes for 1018 yards and 9 touchdowns for NC State. Matthew Dayes has rushed for 437 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jaylen Samuels has rushed for 86 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Wolfpack. Jaylen Samuels has caught 20 passes for 185 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Stephen Louis has caught 13 balls for 328 yards and 1 score for NC State. The NC State defense is giving up 21.2 points per game with 99 rushing yards and 222.5 passing yards per game. Josh Jones has led the NC State defense with 36 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception, while Arius Moore has added 26 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and .5 sack. Kyle Bambard has gone 3-3 on field goals for NC State, with a long of 48 yards.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 2-3 this season after beating Syracuse by a score of 50-33 in their last game. Notre Dame was able to win this shootout, after both teams combined for 36 points in the first 6 minutes of the game. The Notre Dame offense is averaging 39.8 points per game with 167.6 rushing yards and 327.8 passing yards per game. DeShone Kizer is completing 62.9% of his passes for 1567 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Notre Dame. Josh Adams has rushed for 340 yards and 1 score, while Kizer has rushed for 187 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish. Equanimeous St. Brown has caught 25 passes for 541 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Torii Hunter Jr. has caught 19 passes for 271 yards and 1 touchdown for Notre Dame. The Notre Dame defense is giving up 33.4 points per game with 186 rushing yards and 275 passing yards per game. Nyles Morgan has led the Notre Dame defense with 47 tackles and 2 sacks, while James Onwualu has added 28 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Justin Yoon has gone 4-7 on field goals this season, with a long of 39 yards.
Notre Dame is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. The over is 4-0 in Notre Dame’s last 4 road games. NC State is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games on grass and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
Notre Dame comes into this game with major questions on defense, while NC State has played well this season against sub-par teams. The Notre Dame offense is explosive and has been able to bail out their defense numerous times this year. NC State also has a high scoring offense, but hasn’t played the competition that the Fighting Irish have. I like Notre Dame in this game because they have played in much more pressure situations already this season, and will be ready to take it to the Wolfpack early in the game.