North Carolina vs. Notre Dame - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Kenan Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels +14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down in Chapel Hill at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the North Carolina Tar Heels will be meeting up in college football action.
Notre Dame enters this game with a 4-1 record so far, falling 20-19 to Georgia on September 9, but otherwise beating Temple, Boston College, Michigan State and Miami (OH) convincingly. In that Miami game, Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush went 7-for-18 for 119 yards but had three touchdowns. Josh Adams led the Irish with eight rushes for 159 yards and two scores.
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So far this year, Wimbush has 783 yards with six scores and two picks, while Adams is tops among Notre Dame rushers with 658 yards and four TDs on 73 carries. Leading the Fighting Irish receivers is Equanimeous St. Brown, with 14 catches for 202 yards and two scores.
Over on the North Carolina side, they’re sitting at 1-4, with their lone victory being over Old Dominion on September 16. The Tar Heels have otherwise recorded losses to Cal, Louisville, Duke and Georgia Tech. In that Georgia Tech game, Tar Heels QB Chazz Surratt had 141 yards and a pick on 18-of-30 passing, while Jordon Brown led a meager rush with eight carries for 41 yards and the one TD.
On the season, Surratt has 988 yards, five scores and two interceptions, while Brown is the top rusher for North Carolina with 269 yards and three TDs on 54 carries. Austin Proehl is the Tar Heels’ lead receiver with 16 catches for 270 yards and one TD.
Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Irish are also 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games in October and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. North Carolina is also 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
It’s no secret North Carolina has been having a rough time this year. They’ve allowed at least 27 points in all four of their losses (and 23 in their one win), but oddly enough they were able to hang in there for the most part until the 33-7 dismantling at Georgia Tech. Notre Dame, meanwhile, is a complete team when Wimbush is on point, which I don’t think he’ll have a lot of trouble doing here. I’ll take the Irish for the cover.