Pittsburgh Panthers (3-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 2:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -21 -- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Panthers will visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday in college football action from Notre Dame Stadium.
Pittsburgh comes into this one at 3-3 on the year. The Panthers have recorded losses to Penn State, North Carolina and UCF, but otherwise taken out Albany, Georgia Tech and Syracuse.
In the Syracuse game, Pitt QB Kenny Pickett put up 137 yards with one TD and one INT, and Qadree Ollison logged 192 yards and a score off 24 carries. Tops in receiving for the Panthers was Rafael Araujo-Lopes, with 64 yards and a TD from two catches.
Over on the Notre Dame side, they’re rolling along nicely with a clean 6-0 record. Thus far, the Irish have dispatched Michigan, Ball State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Stanford and Virginia Tech.
In the VT game, Notre Dame QB Ian Book logged 271 yards, two TDs and a pick, while Dexter Williams carried the ground game with 178 yards and three scores from 17 carries. Miles Boykin was the lead Notre Dame receiver with his 117 yards and two scores from eight grabs.
The Panthers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven in October and 5-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four on turf and 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight following a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Irish are 7-2 ATS in their last nine following an ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games. Notre Dame is 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the ACC and 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall.
I’ll admit it: I left Pittsburgh for dead early in the season following that ugly Penn State loss. Since then however, the Panthers have posted wins against solid teams in Georgia Tech and Syracuse, and probably should have won the North Carolina game.
Notre Dame is a juggernaut this year though, and there doesn’t appear to be anyone left on the schedule who can realistically compete with them. That includes Pittsburgh obviously, but I don’t think this one will be close. I’ll go with the Irish.