USF Bulls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Notre Dame Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: USF (+24.5)
Notre Dame Stadium is the site where Ian Book and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the USF Bulls on Saturday. USF opens this matchup as 24.5-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 52.5.
Last week the USF Bulls took the field against the The Citadel Bulldogs and took home the victory by a score of 27-6. Running the show from under center for the Bulls was Jordan McCloud who went 11/16 with 68 yards by way of passing and threw 1 touchdown. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Kelley Joiner paced the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 41 yards and he added 1 touchdown for this outing. He ran for 87 yards via 8 carries which had him averaging 10.9 yards per carry. Bryce Miller led the team in receiving yardage by earning 36 yards on 3 catches. He averaged 12.0 yards per reception for that game.
The Bulls step onto the field after holding a record of 4-8 in 2019. They were a low scoring offensive team in the AAC and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output. For total yardage, they sat in 12th in the American Athletic Conference and 117th in the nation with 3,973 yards. They were one of lowest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 20.8 points per contest, putting them 115th in the nation. As a unit, they had an average of 161.5 rushing yards per contest which was 8th in the American Athletic Conference.
The Bulls had one of the average defenses in the nation allowing 28.9 points per game, ranking them 7th in the conference and 74th in Division 1. When it comes to passing yards, the Bulls conceded 2,035 yards. Opponents completed 62.5% of the throws they attempted against them and averaged 7.0 yards per attempt. In discussing yards rushing, USF gave up 208.7 yards per game putting them 11th in the American Athletic Conference and 113th in D-1. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per carry ranking them 7th in the AAC and 80th in the nation overall. In total, they conceded 2,504 yards rushing through 12 games.
Last week the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Duke Blue Devils and added a win to their record by a score of 27-13. Running the show from under center for the Fighting Irish was Ian Book who went 19/31 with 263 yards by way of passing and tossed 1 TD. He tossed 1 pick for this game. Kyren Williams led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 26 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for this contest. He ran for 112 yards via 19 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.9 yards per run. Williams was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 93 yards on 2 catches. He averaged 46.5 yards per catch for the game.
The Fighting Irish head into this game after finishing last year 11-2. Notre Dame made teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 179 yards per contest, putting them 46th in college football. As a unit, they had a total of 2,327 rushing yards through 13 contests, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Fighting Irish averaged 431.2 yards per game overall ranking them 43rd in D-1 and 2nd among Independent teams. When looking at their ability to score points, the Fighting Irish ranked 1st among FBS Independent teams and 13th out of all the teams in the nation averaging 36.8 points per game.
The Fighting Irish conceded 17.9 points per contest which put them at 1st among Independent teams and 12th in the nation. Their passing defense was one of the top units in the nation. They gave up 168.5 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Fighting Irish sat at 1st among D-1 Independent teams. In discussing points allowed, they allowed 233 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they conceded 152.5 yards per game which put them at 60th in college football and 1st among FBS Independent teams. For last season, they conceded 1,983 rushing yards.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Fighting Irish college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish -24.5
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