Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 10/24/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Heinz Field
Odds/Point Spread: Notre Dame (-9.5)
Heinz Field is the site where Joey Yellen and the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-3) will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Notre Dame as 9.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 49.5.
In the last game they played, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Louisville Cardinals and earned the win by a score of 12-7. Ian Book went 11/19 with 106 yards via the pass but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He walked away with no picks. Kyren Williams paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 24 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 127 yards on 25 carries which had him averaging 5.1 yards per run. Ben Skowronek was the receiving yardage leader by earning 28 yards on 2 receptions. He averaged 14.0 yards per catch for the game.
Regarding getting in the endzone, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 33.3 PPG. As a team they hold an average of 261.0 yards via the ground game ranking them 7th in the country. The Fighting Irish have racked up 1,762 total yards over the course of this season. With reference to getting in the endzone, Notre Dame has compiled 3 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground. The Fighting Irish rank 17th in D-1 concerning the opposition scoring, allowing 11.5 PPG. The opposition is running for 3.4 yards per rush and 107.5 rushing yards per game on the season. In total, they have allowed 430 yards via the running game in 4 contests. In terms of passing yards, the Fighting Irish are allowing 759 yds which puts them in 30th in the country. Over the course of their 4 games, they have relinquished 189.8 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 55.4%. During the season, they are giving up 297.3 yards per game ranking them 24th in the country.
Ian Book has connected on 558 of his attempted career 882 passes for a completion percentage of 63.3%. He is throwing for 184.6 yards per outing. For his career, Book has thrown for a total of 6,831 yards with 60 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. His quarterback rating is 146.7 with a touchdown percentage of 6.8% and an interception rate of 2.0%. Since his collegiate career started, he has left the pocket to run 279 different times totaling 1,158 yards.
In their last outing, the Pittsburgh Panthers faced the Miami Hurricanes and left there with a loss by a score of 31-19. Joey Yellen went 22/46 with 277 yards through the air and threw 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Todd Sibley Jr. led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 12 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He racked up a total of 23 yards by way of 4 carries which gave him an average of 5.8 yards per carry. Jordan Addison led the team in receiving yardage by earning 147 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 18.4 yards per reception for the game.
When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Panthers are ranked 45th in the country with 29.5 PPG. For the season thus far, the Panthers currently sit at 1,699 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 283.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 20th in D-1. They hold an average of 108.2 yards via the ground game and have toted the ball for 649 yards for the season. The Pittsburgh Panthers have an average of 391.3 yards/game which is good for 49th in the country. The Panthers are surrendering 20.3 points per game, which puts them 28th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 122 points in total. Pittsburgh has conceded a total of 369 yards rushing (61.5 yards per outing) in addition to 2 touchdowns rushing for the campaign. They have surrendered 13 touchdowns through the air as well as 213.2 yards per game, which puts them in 40th in D-1.
In the 3 contests in his college career, Joey Yellen has been successful on 52 of his 93 attempts for 588 yards. He averages 196.0 yds per contest through the air with a 122.5 quarterback rating. Joey Yellen has thrown for 5 touchdowns compared to 2 picks in his career. He has run for -46 yards on 6 attempts. His TD percentage on pass attempts is 5.4% and his interception rate is 2.2%.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Panthers NCAA football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Panthers +9.5
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