Notre Dame at Northwestern College Football Picks and Predictions 11/3/2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
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Ryan Field is the venue for the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Notre Dame as 7 point favorites. The Wildcats are 4-3-1 against the spread and their over/under mark is 4-4-0. The Fighting Irish are 4-3-1 ATS and their over/under record is 4-4-0.
Valuable Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Trends
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4-4-0 against the over/under
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4-3-1 against the spread
Important Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-4-0 against the over/under
The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-3-1 against the spread
Key Notre Dame Fighting Irish Injuries
10/27/18 WR Jafar Armstrong Knee is probable Saturday vs Navy
10/27/18 CB Troy Pride Jr. Undisclosed is probable Saturday vs Navy
10/03/18 OL Alex Bars Knee is out for season
09/14/18 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Foot is out for season
09/02/18 DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa Foot is out indefinitely
08/30/18 CB Shaun Crawford Knee is out indefinitely
Key Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
10/27/18 RB John Moten IV Lower Body is downgraded to out Saturday vs Wisconsin
10/23/18 RB Solomon Vault Undisclosed is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Wisconsin
10/21/18 K Charlie Kuhbander Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Wisconsin
10/21/18 DB Greg Newsome II Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Wisconsin
10/21/18 LB Nate Hall Lower Body is questionable Saturday vs Wisconsin
10/21/18 LB Nathan Fox Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Wisconsin
09/24/18 RB Jeremy Larkin Undisclosed is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have run for 1,512 yards as a unit, which ranks 48th in the nation. They've run 342 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. The Fighting Irish have been penalized on offense 34 times for 321 yards so far this year, which has them 122nd in the country in penalties. They are 38th in Division 1 in points scored with 272. They have run 590 plays this year for 3,582 yards, which ranks them 45th in the nation in total offense. The Fighting Irish average 6.1 yards per play, which is 43rd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 192 1st downs this season, ranking them 27th overall as an offensive unit. Ian Book has completed 130 throws while attempting 170 passes for a completion percentage of 76.5%. He has passed for 1,481 yards this year. He averages 9.2 adjusted yards per throw and 8.7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 170.2.
The Fighting Irish rush defense has given up 303 attempts for 1,175 yards this season, putting them in 53rd place in the country against the run. They have had 43 penalties for 332 yards on defense this year. That places them 16th in Division 1. Notre Dame is 22nd in college football in points surrendered on defense with 153. They have given up a total of 2,730 yards on D, which is 36th in the nation. The Fighting Irish are 19th in yards per play allowed with 4.7. Opponent offenses have completed 158 throws on 281 attempts against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense this season, ranking them 82nd and 102nd in the country. The Notre Dame pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,555 yards in the air, which is 37th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have tried 13 field goals this year and made 10, which is 44th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 77%. Notre Dame Fighting Irish kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 32 for 33 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,462 yards on 32 punts, averaging 46 yards per punt. That ranks them 11th in the NCAA in punting average. Notre Dame is 66th in the country in punt returns with 12. They've totaled 103 punt return yards and average 8.6 yards per return, which is 70th in D-1. They have returned 10 kicks for 224 yards on special teams, which puts them 111th in kick return yardage. The Fighting Irish average 22 yards per kick return and they are 50th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,910.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Wildcats are 98th in Division 1 in points scored with 201. They have run 638 plays this season for 2,970 yards, which ranks them 28th in the nation in total offense. The Northwestern Wildcats average 4.7 yards per play, which is 121st in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 179 1st downs this year, placing them 47th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Northwestern has run for 729 yards as a team, which ranks 126th in the country. They've run 283 times, averaging 2.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Wildcats have been penalized on offense 26 times for 245 yards so far this season, which has them 129th in the nation in penalties. Clayton Thorson has thrown for 2,072 yards this season. He has completed 193 passes on 318 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 119.5. He averages 6.5 yards per pass attempt and 5.7 adjusted yards per throw.
Northwestern is 49th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 189. They have surrendered a total of 2,934 yards on D, which is 52nd in Division 1. The Wildcats are ranked 56th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opposing offenses have completed 171 passes on 272 attempts against the Northwestern defense this season, placing them 104th and 94th in the country. The Northwestern Wildcats pass defense has also given up a total of 1,766 yards through the air, which is 55th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 271 attempts for 1,168 yards this year, putting them in 51st place in D-1 against the run. The Wildcats have committed 65 penalties for 629 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 122nd in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Northwestern is ranked 35th in the nation in punt returns with 16. They've accumulated 86 punt return yards and average 5.4 yards per return, which is 109th in college football. They have returned 12 kicks for 260 yards on special teams, ranking 101st in kick return yardage. The Northwestern Wildcats average 22 yards per kick return and they are 105th in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,317. The Wildcats have attempted 10 field goals this season and made 6, which is 102nd in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 60%. Northwestern kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 23 for 23 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,698 yards on 43 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That places them 98th in Division 1 in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish -7
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