Army Black Knights (5-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 12, 2016, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -13 -- Over/Under:
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Army Black Knights meet Saturday in a college football game at the Alamodome on NBC.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish could use a bounce back victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish must win out in order to become bowl eligible. DeShone Kizer is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 2,261 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kizer has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 12 games. Equanimeous St. Brown and Torii Hunter Jr. have combined for 564 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Kevin Stepherson has 16 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 149.4 yards per contest, and Josh Adams leads the way with 583 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 27.7 points and 385.9 yards per game. Nyles Morgan leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 76 tackles, Jarron Jones has two sacks and Cole Luke has two interceptions.
The Army Black Knights could also use a nice win after losing four of their last six games. The Army Black Knights need one more win in order to become bowl eligible. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 42.9 percent of his passes for 558 yards, three touchdowns and eight interceptions. Bradshaw has thrown seven picks in his last three games. Edgar Poe and Christian Poe have combined for 369 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jeff Ejekam has nine receptions. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 320.5 yards per contest, and Andy Davidson leads the way with 707 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 18.1 points and 286.4 yards per game. Jeremy Timpf leads the Army Black Knights with 72 tackles, Alex Aukerman has five sacks and Marcus Hyatt has two interceptions.
The Fighting Irish are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Black Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-11 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The under is 8-3 in Black Knights last 11 games overall and the under is 4-0 in Fighting Irish last 4 games overall.
Notre Dame has had trouble winning games let alone covering, so I'm not laying this sort of chalk. Army can be a tough team to play given its offensive style and the ability to chew time off the clock. The Black Knights also play solid defense and are one of the better teams in the country in terms of yards allowed per game. I'll take my chances with two free touchdowns given the way Notre Dame has played all season.