Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Kenan Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (-7.5)
Sam Howell and the North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2) play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-0) at Kenan Stadium on Friday, November 27, 2020. Notre Dame opens this contest as 7.5-point favorites. The total is set at 64.
The last time they played, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish faced the Boston College Eagles and left there with a win by a score of 45-31. Ian Book paced the team on the ground for that game. He had a long run of 20 yards and he notched 1 TD for this outing. He rushed for 85 yards by way of 10 carries which meant he was running for 8.5 yards per carry. Avery Davis led the team in receiving yardage by earning 70 yards on 2 catches. He had an average of 35.0 yards per reception for that game. Book went 20/27 with 283 yards by way of passing and tossed 3 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick.
The Fighting Irish have earned 3,697 total yards this season. Offensively they maintain an average of 233.5 yards on the ground ranking this team at 15th in college football. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Notre Dame has compiled 11 touchdowns through the air and 24 rushing touchdowns. Concerning scoring, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hold an average of 37.6 points per contest. In terms of passing yardage, the Fighting Irish have allowed 1,752 yards which ranks them 95th in the country. During the season, they are giving up 304.1 yards per outing ranking them 21st in the country. The Fighting Irish rank 23rd in the country when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 16.6 PPG. They are allowing an average of 2.9 yards per run and 85.1 yards on the ground per game so far this season. In their 8 games played this year, they have conceded 219.0 yards per outing through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 53.7%. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 681 rushing yards through 8 games.
Ian Book has connected on 634 of his attempted career 1,004 passes for a completion percentage of 63.1%. He is throwing for 193.5 yds per game. For his college career, Book has passed for 7,935 yards with 68 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 148.3 with a touchdown rate of 6.8% and an interception rate of 1.8%. Since his college career started, he has left the pocket to run 320 different times totaling 1,396 rushing yards.
The last time they took the field, the North Carolina Tar Heels took the field against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and added a win to their record by a score of 59-53. Sam Howell went 32/45 with 550 yards via the pass and threw 6 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 pick for the game. Javonte Williams led the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 21 yards and he notched 1 TD in this contest. He ran for 101 yards on 13 carries which had him averaging 7.8 yards per run. Dazz Newsome led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 189 yards on 10 receptions. He notched an average of 18.9 yards per catch for the game.
When it comes to this team's ability to score points, the Tar Heels are ranking 10th in college football with 43.1 points per game. During this campaign to this point, the Tar Heels have racked up 2,639 yards through the air not to mention holding an average of 329.9 throwing yards per contest, which is ranked 11th in the nation. They average 233.5 yards per game via the rush and have rushed for 1,868 yards for the year. The North Carolina Tar Heels maintain an average of 563.4 yards/outing which has them ranked 4th in D-1. The Tar Heels are relinquishing 30.8 PPG, which puts them 81st in Division 1. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 246 points in total. North Carolina has conceded a total of 1,215 yards on the ground (151.9 yards per game) in addition to 16 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the year. They have conceded 14 touchdowns through the air and 261.8 yards/game, which puts them in 104th in college football.
Howell has thrown 61 TD's compared to 13 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD rate when attempting a pass is 9.1% and his interception percentage is 1.9%. He has rushed for 108 yds on 157 attempts. He averages 298.7 yds per contest through the air with a 168.5 QB rating. In 21 games in his college career, Sam Howell has been successful on 427 of 670 attempts for a total of 6,272 yds.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Tar Heels college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish -7.5
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