Sunday, September 4, 2016
Texas Memorial Stadium
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Texas Longhorns on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Texas Memorial Stadium. The opening line for this game has Notre Dame as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 59. Last season the Fighting Irish were 8-5-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 7-6-0. The Longhorns had an over/under record of 5-7-0 and they were 5-7-0 against the spread.
Notre Dame scored 34.2 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 34th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 18.5 passes on 29.5 attempts for a 62.5 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 258.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 35th in college football. The Fighting Irish ran for an average of 208.3 yards per game on 37 attempts for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. That ranked them 28th in the nation. They also ran 66.5 plays per contest and averaged 7 yards per play for an average of 466.8 yards per game, ranking their offense 26th overall last season. The Fighting Irish averaged 22.5 first downs per game which ranked them 36th in the country. They accumulated 45.5 penalty yards per game via 5.2 penalties, which ranked 100th in the nation.
Notre Dame allowed 197.8 passing yards per game, ranking 27th in D-1, and they allowed 24.1 points per contest on defense, which ranked 40th. They gave up 15.9 completions on 28.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 55.3. The Fighting Irish allowed 174.8 rushing yards per game on 38.2 carries for a 4.6 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 73rd in the country. Notre Dame allowed 372.7 total yards per game including 5.6 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 45th in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.1 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 5.2 penalties for 49.8 yards per game, ranking them 40th among D-1 teams.
Texas averaged 26.4 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 84th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 11.6 passes per game on 21 attempts for a 55.2 percent completion percentage. They threw for 145.9 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 118th in Division 1. The Longhorns ran for an average of 224.8 yards per game on 44.1 attempts for an average of 5.1 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 17th on the ground. They also ran 65.1 plays per game and averaged 5.7 yards per play for a total of 370.8 yards per game, ranking them 92nd in the country on offense. The Longhorns got an average of 16.8 first downs per game, which ranked 116th in the nation. They averaged 59.1 penalty yards per game via 6.4 penalties, ranking them 40th in college football.
Texas allowed an average of 233.4 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 74th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 30.3 points per contest, which had them ranked 87th in the nation. They gave up 19.1 completions on 31.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.9 per game. The Longhorns allowed 219.2 rushing yards per contest on 48.6 carries for a 4.5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 112th in the country. Texas allowed 452.6 total yards per game for an average of 5.6 yards per play, which ranked 107th in D-1. They forced 2.1 turnovers per contest and 5.9 penalties for 48.2 yards in each contest, ranking 35th in the nation.
DeShone Kizer finished his last game of last season with 284 yards through the air for Notre Dame. He completed 22 passes out of 37 attempts for a 59% completion percentage. The Fighting Irish were led in rushing by Josh Adams, who finished with 78 yards on 14 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. William Fuller was the team leader in receiving with a total of 113 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 19 yards per reception. As a team in that game Notre Dame got a total of 24 first downs by way of 7 rushing, 15 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 70 total plays for 405 yards for the game. The Fighting Irish ran for 121 yards on 32 attempts.
Tyrone Swoopes finished his last game of last season with 52 yards through the air for Texas. He completed 9 passes out of 18 attempts for a 50% completion percentage. The Longhorns were led in rushing by Chris Warren III, who finished with 276 yards on 25 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 11 yards per carry. John Burt was the team leader in receiving with a total of 23 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 6 yards per reception. Texas got a total of 19 first downs by way of 16 rushing, 1 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 71 total plays for 467 yards for the game. The Longhorns ran for 403 yards on 48 attempts.
Notre Dame Betting Trends
Notre Dame were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
Notre Dame had an ATS record of 8-5-0 last season
Texas Betting Trends
Texas were 5-7-0 against the over/under last season
Texas had an ATS record of 5-7-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/22/16 DB Devin Butler Suspension out indefinitely
08/20/16 DB Ashton White Possible Suspension "?" Sunday vs. Texas
08/20/16 RB Dexter Williams Possible Suspension "?" Sunday vs. Texas
08/20/16 LB Te'von Coney Possible Suspension "?" Sunday vs. Texas
08/19/16 RB Chris Warren III Ankle "?" Sunday vs. Notre Dame
08/19/16 WR Lorenzo Joe Hamstring out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Texas
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