Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Betting
Proving they can win at home, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won their 22nd consecutive game inside Notre Dame Stadium with a less than convincing 12-7 decision over Louisville, failing to cover the 15-point spread. Now we get a chance to see if the Irish can continue their unbeaten season on the road. Having a game with Wake Forest postponed earlier in the year delayed the road portion of the schedule. Notre Dame will make up for it with two straight away contests beginning Saturday when the Irish visit the Pittsburgh Panthers. After opening the season with three straight wins, Pitt is mired in a three-game slide following a 31-19 setback to Miami. Notre Dame hit the board as a 9-point favorite on the college football betting line.
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish -9
Pittsburgh Panthers +9
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Over the last two games the Irish showed they can win in a shootout and a defensive struggle. A week after totaling 554 yards and 42 points to beat Florida State, the Irish struggled against Louisville. They’ve been inconsistent for stretches, but making plays when they need to has kept them perfect at 4-0. Notre Dame plays its first road game of the season on Saturday taking on the Pitt Panthers at Heinz Field. The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on ABC.
Working behind what many feel is the best offensive line in college football the Irish dominated on the ground churning out 232 yards against Louisville. Kyren Williams has been the beneficiary amassing 312 yards on 44 carries the last two games. The Irish are averaging nearly 289 rushing yards over their last three games with 11 touchdowns in that span. Having so much success running the football has kept the ball out of Ian Book’s hands.
Book completed 11 of 19 for 106 yards and the passing game has been an afterthought. Notre Dame averages 179.5 yards through the air with Book throwing just 94 passes for 713 yards and three touchdowns in four games. He threw for nearly 2,800 yards with 33 touchdowns last season. Book scored the game-winning touchdown and engineered a drive that covered the final seven minutes to beat Louisville. “When the game is on the line you can count on Ian Book to come up and make big play,” Brian Kelly said.
Pitt is hopeful Kenny Pickett is able to return after missing last week’s contest with an ankle injury. Entering the weekend Pickett led the FBS with 1,389 passing yards while throwing eight touchdowns. Joey Yellen got the start against Miami completing 22 of 46 for 277 yards. The offense sputtered in the red zone settling for four field goals in five trips. It was a performance the defense couldn’t overcome.
It’s still a strong group, though, and will be a difficult test for the Irish. The Panthers boast the nation’s best run defense allowing only 61.5 yards per game and 1.9 yards per carry while giving up a pair of touchdowns. After winning their first three games of the season the Panthers have hit a bump in the road with three straight losses to even their record. They allowed just 30 points total in their victories while giving up at least 30 points in each of their losses. Pitt failed to cover the 11-point spread in their 31-19 setback to the Canes falling to 1-4-1 ATS.
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It wasn’t the prettiest thing but it was a win keeping Notre Dame perfect while securing their 22nd straight home victory. Overcoming a spotty effort, Ian Book delivered when the Irish needed it scoring the eventual game-winning touchdown late in the third quarter on a 13-yard scamper for the 12-7 decision.
Notre Dame controlled the first half running twice as many plays and outgaining Louisville 212-90. All they had to show for it was a pair of Jonathan Doerer field goals and a tenuous 6-0 lead. The advantage evaporated on the first series of the second half with the Cards nearly matching their offensive output from the first half in an 83-yard drive that culminated in a short Malik Cunningham touchdown pass. The PAT gave the Cards a 7-6 lead.
Looking to seize the momentum the Cards attempted an onside kick. They were penalized on the play and following the rekick Notre Dame marched 66 yards with Book scrambling for the final 13 yards. The 2-point conversion failed. The Irish never gave Louisville another chance forcing a pair of punts and running out the final 7:55 with a methodical drive that included three third-down conversions. “We controlled the line of scrimmage, we controlled the time of possession, we had I think one or two penalties, we didn’t turn the football over,” Brian Kelly explained.
2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule
||vs. South Florida
||vs. Florida State
||@ Georgia Tech
||@ Boston College
||@ North Carolina
||@ Wake Forest
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