Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) at Pittsburgh Panthers (3-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +9.5 -- Over/Under: 49 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Pittsburgh Panthers meet Saturday in college football action from Heinz Field.
Notre Dame is 4-0 so far this season. The Fighting Irish have taken out Duke, South Florida, Florida State and Louisville in succession over their first quartet of outings. As for the Panthers, they’re 3-3 this year. Pitt won their first three games but have fallen in their last three straight to NC State, Boston College and Miami. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Notre Dame hasn’t had a lot of trouble coming out of the gate this season. The Irish’s first three wins were sizable: 27-13 over Duke, 52-0 over South Florida and 42-26 against Florida State. The Louisville matchup last weekend was tricky but Notre Dame escaped with a win 12-7.
In the win over the Cardinals, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book put up 106 yards on 11-of-19 passing, while Karen Williams led the rush on 25 carries for 127 yards. Book also rushed 12 times for 47 yards and a decisive score that helped push the Irish over the top.
Over on the Pittsburgh side, things started out great this season with three straight wins over Austin Peay, Syracuse and Louisville. The Panthers have lost three tough games since then, falling 30-29 to NC State, 31-30 (OT) to Boston College and 31-19 to Miami.
In the loss to the Hurricanes, Pittsburgh quarterback Joey Yellen posted 277 yards and a TD, while Jordan Addison had a nice day receiving on eight grabs for 147 yards. The Panthers rush was tepid in that defeat, with Toddy Sibley leading on 23 yards from four carries.
Notre Dame is 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games on grass and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. The Irish are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games as a road favorite and 0-4 ATS in their last four games in October.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games and 0-6-1 ATS in the last seven conference games. Pitt is 0-3-1 ATS in the last four games on grass and 0-4-1 ATS in the last five after an ATS loss.
PICK: I’m going to go with Pittsburgh here. Overall, the Panthers have been scoring pretty well during their first half-dozen games. Pitt has at least 19 points in every outing, and 29 or more in three of six. I don’t think Pitt has enough offensive firepower to keep up with Notre Dame the entire game, but if the Panthers can stop the Irish run and keep the scoreboard manageable I think they can crack the spread.