North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 10/30/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Irish (-6)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) will go up against the North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3) at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Notre Dame is 6-point favorites. The total has been set at 64.5.
The North Carolina Tar Heels head into this matchup 4-3 for this year. In their last matchup, the Tar Heels played the Miami Hurricanes and earned the victory with a final of 45-42. Ty Chandler was the rushing leader for the Tar Heels with 18 attempts for 104 yds (5.8 yards per attempt). Sam Howell went 17/26 with 154 yds passing and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 132.8 and finished the game with 1 interception. In the running game, the Tar Heels conceded 157 yds on 34 tries, which is an average of 4.6 yards per run allowed. North Carolina allowed 20 pass completions on 45 attempts for 264 yds, and a completion rate of 44.4%. In all, they ran 74 plays for 382 yards. The North Carolina Tar Heels ended up running the ball 48 different times and had 228 yards, which earned them an average of 4.8 yards per tote.
In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the North Carolina Tar Heels are sitting at 36.9 points per outing. As a team they have an average of 199.1 yards via the ground game which has them sitting 34th in college football. The Tar Heels have racked up 3,299 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, North Carolina has earned 19 touchdowns via the pass and 14 touchdowns on the ground. North Carolina has a total of 170 first downs offensively, and they have committed 49 penalties for 473 yds. They have turned the ball over 10 different times.
The Tar Heels rank 105th in Division 1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 28.9 points per game. The opposition is running for 4.2 yards per rush and 159.3 yards on the ground per game for the season. Overall, they have conceded 1,115 running yards through 7 contests. Regarding passing yardage, the Tar Heels are giving up 1,538 yards which has them ranked 58th in Division 1. They have relinquished 219.7 yards per game via the pass and conceding a completion percentage of 61.1%. During this campaign, they have relinquished 379.0 yards/contest putting them 77th in the country. They have given up 11 touchdowns by air and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Fighting Irish come into this matchup with a record of 6-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Fighting Irish went home victorious with a score of 31-16 when they faced the USC Trojans. Kyren Williams carried the football 25 times for 138 yards, finishing the contest with 5.5 yds per attempt for Notre Dame. Jack Coan (1 touchdown) finished the game with 189 yds on 20/28 through the air while his QB rating was 139.9. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.8. Notre Dame conceded 32 attempts on the ground for 125 yds (3.9 yds per carry). The Fighting Irish pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 73.0%, surrendering 299 yards on 27 for 37 through the air. The Fighting Irish finished the contest with a total of 383 yds on 71 plays (5.4 yards per play). Notre Dame ran the ball for 4.1 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 170 yards on 41 attempts.
When looking at how much they score, the Fighting Irish are ranked 48th in college football holding an average of 31.0 points per outing. Over the course of the season to this point, the Fighting Irish have earned 1,836 yards via the pass as well as an average of 262.3 throwing yards per contest, which is ranked 41st in college football. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish maintain an average of 369.0 yards per game, which has them sitting 89th in D-1. The Notre Dame offense has 379 penalty yards on 45 infractions, which has them sitting 65th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Fighting Irish are relinquishing 23.1 points per game, which has them ranked 64th in D-1. Notre Dame has given up a total of 867 yards on the ground (123.9 yards/game) in addition to 9 touchdowns via the rush this season. In total, they have relinquished 162 total points. They have yielded 7 touchdowns via the pass and 245.9 yards/outing, which has them sitting 107th in D-1. The Fighting Irish defense has been on the field for 487 plays, which has them sitting 70th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Tar Heels/Fighting Irish college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish -6
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