Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 10/9/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Location: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Hokies (+5)
The Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1) are hosting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) at Lane Stadium on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this contest as 5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 46.5.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this game with a record of 4-1 this year. In their last game, the Fighting Irish took the field against the Cincinnati Bearcats and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 24-13. Drew Pyne connected on 9/22 with 143 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rate of 110.5 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Kyren Williams was the rushing leader for the Fighting Irish with 13 attempts for 45 yds (3.5 yards per attempt). The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran the ball a total of 28 different times and had 84 yds, which is an average of 3.0 yards per carry. At the end of the game, they ran 74 plays which gave them a total of 341 yds. Notre Dame surrendered 19 completions on 32 tries for 297 yds, and a completion rate of 59.4%. On the ground, the Fighting Irish gave up 89 yds on 30 tries, which calculates to 3.0 yds per rush allowed.
Concerning scoring, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hold an average of 30.8 points per outing. Offensively they average 80.8 yards on the ground which has them sitting 125th in college football. The Fighting Irish have earned 1,806 total yards for the year. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Notre Dame has compiled 12 touchdowns via the pass and 4 touchdowns via the ground. Notre Dame has accumulated 96 1st downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 34 infractions for 270 yards. They have turned the football over 8 times.
The Fighting Irish rank 73rd in college football regarding team defense, allowing 23.4 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per running attempt and 121.6 rushing yards per game for the season. In total, they have given up 608 rushing yards through 5 contests. Concerning passing yards, the Fighting Irish are conceding 1,235 yards which puts them in 103rd in college football. They have conceded 247.0 yards per contest via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 57.5%. For the year, they are allowing 368.6 yards/outing ranking them 78th in Division 1. They have surrendered 7 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 5 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Hokies step onto the field holding a record of 3-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Hokies got the win with a final of 21-10 when they played the Richmond Spiders. Braxton Burmeister carried the football 11 times for 35 yds, finishing the game with 3.2 yds per attempt for Virginia Tech. Braxton Burmeister (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 212 yards on 17/27 passing while his QB rating was 141.1. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 7.9. Virginia Tech gave up 36 rush attempts for 160 yards (4.4 yds per rush). The Hokies secondary allowed a completion rate of 65.2%, surrendering 77 yards on 15 for 23 passing. The Hokies finished the game with 318 yards while running 62 plays (5.1 yards per play). Virginia Tech ran the football for 3.2 yards per attempt, totaling 106 yds on 33 carries.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 330.8 yards per game, which has them ranked 114th in the nation. The Virginia Tech offense has racked up 131 yards of penalties on 15 violations, which is good for 130th in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team. For the season so far, the Hokies currently have a total of 763 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 190.8 passing yards per game, ranking them 100th in college football. In relation to the points being put on the board, the Hokies sit 100th in the country averaging 23.5 PPG.
Virginia Tech has yielded a total of 545 yards via the ground game (136.3 yards/game) as well as 2 touchdowns rushing for the year. They have allowed the opposition 5 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 190.3 yards/game, which has them ranked 47th in the nation. The Hokies defense has been on the field for 258 plays, which ranks them 19th in the nation. The Hokies are conceding 15.3 PPG, which puts them 23rd in the nation. This year, they have surrendered 61 points.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Hokies college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish -5
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