Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 11/13/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021
Location: Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Cavaliers (+4.5)
The Virginia Cavaliers (6-3) will try to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1) at Scott Stadium on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this matchup as 4.5-point favorites. The betting total is set at 64.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this game with a record of 8-1 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Fighting Irish faced off with the Navy Midshipmen and earned the victory with a final of 34-6. Kyren Williams led the offense in rushing for the Fighting Irish with 17 attempts for 95 yards (5.6 yards per attempt). Jack Coan finished 23/29 with 269 yards through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 168.6 and finished the game without throwing an interception. When it came to stopping the run, the Fighting Irish gave up 166 yards on 55 attempts, which averages out to 3.0 yds per run allowed. Notre Dame surrendered 1 completions on 3 tries for a total of 18 yards, and a completion percentage of 33.3%. For the game, they ran 61 plays which converted into 430 yds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran the rock 31 times and amassed 150 yds, which earned them an average of 4.8 yards per carry.
The Fighting Irish have attained 3,538 total yards this season. With reference to getting the ball in the endzone, Notre Dame has totaled 18 passing touchdowns and 15 touchdowns via the ground. They have given the ball to the opposition 10 different times. Notre Dame has earned 192 first downs, and they have committed 57 penalties for 494 yds. Offensively they average 132.4 yards in the run game which is 95th in college football. When it comes to scoring, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hold an average of 32.8 points per game.
Concerning passing yardage, the Fighting Irish are conceding 2,080 yds which has them sitting in 79th in college football. They are giving up 231.1 yards per game via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 60.7%. In total, they are allowing 370.7 yards per outing which ranks them 74th in college football. They have yielded 8 touchdowns by air as well as 12 touchdowns pounding the rock. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.9 yards per run and 139.6 rushing yards per game so far this season. Over the course of this season, they have given up 1,256 yards via the ground game in 9 games. The Fighting Irish sit in 54th in college football regarding their opponents scoring, giving up 22.4 points per game.
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The Cavaliers head into this matchup 6-3 for this season. For their last game, the Cavaliers walked away with a loss by a score of 66-49 against the BYU Cougars. Brennan Armstrong (4 TDs) finished the game with 337 yds on 22/34 passing while his quarterback rate was 175.0. He had 2 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.9. Brennan Armstrong carried the football 11 times for 94 yds, finishing the game with 8.5 yards per carry for Virginia. Virginia ran the football for 8.6 yds per carry, finishing with 216 yards on 25 attempts. The Cavaliers finished the game with 588 yds on 64 plays (9.2 yards per play). The Cavaliers passing defense allowed a completion rate of 59.5%, relinquishing 349 yds on 22 for 37 through the air. Virginia allowed 46 attempts on the ground for 385 yards (8.4 yards per rush).
Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Cavaliers are ranked 12th in college football holding an average of 38.9 points per contest. During this campaign to this point, the Cavaliers have thrown for 3,609 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 401.0 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 2nd in the nation. The Virginia Cavaliers maintain an average of 544.9 yards per outing, which ranks them 1st in the nation. The Virginia offense has 500 penalty yards on 57 violations, which is 58th in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Cavaliers are giving up 30.8 points per game, which has them 114th in D-1. Virginia has allowed a total of 1,972 rushing yards (219.1 yards per contest) in addition to 18 touchdowns on the ground for the campaign. This season, they have allowed 277 points in total. They have allowed the opposition 17 touchdowns through the air as well as 247.1 yards per contest, which has them in 108th in college football. The Cavaliers defense has been on the field for 640 plays, which is 110th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Cavaliers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +4.5
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