Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 9/25/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Badgers (-3)
Soldier Field is the location where the Wisconsin Badgers (1-1) will compete against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this game as 3-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 45.5.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this matchup with a record of 3-0 this year. In their last matchup, the Fighting Irish played against the Purdue Boilermakers and took home the win by a score of 27-13. Jack Coan connected on 15/31 with 223 yards passing and 2 TDs. He had a QB rating of 130.1 and finished the game without throwing an interception. Kyren Williams led the offense in rushing for the Fighting Irish with 12 attempts for 91 yds (7.6 yds per attempt). The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran the ball a total of 34 different times and accounted for 120 yds, which is an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. When all was said and done, they ran 66 plays for 343 yards. Notre Dame allowed 36 pass completions on 54 tries for a total of 291 yards, and a completion percentage of 66.7%. Against the run, the Fighting Irish gave up 57 yards on 25 attempts, which is an average of 2.3 yds per rush allowed.
The Fighting Irish have tallied 1,223 total yards over the course of this season. In terms of scoring, Notre Dame has earned 9 passing touchdowns and 3 touchdowns on the ground. They have surrendered the ball 4 times. Notre Dame has 60 1st downs as an offense, and they have committed 16 infractions for 126 yards. Offensively they maintain an average of 105.7 yards via the ground game ranking this team at 116th in Division 1. Regarding scoring points, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hold an average of 33.3 PPG.
Concerning yards via the pass, the Fighting Irish have given up 698 yards which puts them in 95th in Division 1. They are giving up 232.7 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 61.8%. During this campaign, they are conceding 381.0 yards/game which ranks them 92nd in college football. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per run and 148.3 rushing yards per contest this season. During this campaign, they have given up 445 running yards through 3 games. The Fighting Irish rank 96th in the nation when it comes to team defense, giving up 26.7 points per contest.
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The Badgers come into this matchup with a record of 1-1 for this season. When they last played, the Badgers took home the win by a final score of 34-7 against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Graham Mertz finished the contest with 141 yds on 14/17 passing while his quarterback rating was 152.0. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.3. Chez Mellusi carried the football 20 times for 144 yds, walking away from the contest with 7.2 yards per attempt for Wisconsin. The Badgers finished the game with 518 yds while running 75 plays (6.9 yards per play). Wisconsin ran the football for 6.4 yds per attempt, totaling 352 yds on 55 attempts. Wisconsin conceded 18 rushing attempts for 16 yds (0.9 yds per rush). The Badgers pass defense allowed a completion rate of 50.0%, surrendering 76 yards on 10 out of 20 passing.
The Wisconsin Badgers average 438.5 yards/contest, which has them sitting 35th in D-1. The Wisconsin offense has racked up 102 penalty yards on 14 violations, which is good for 112th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. During this campaign thus far, the Badgers have thrown for a total of 351 passing yards together with holding an average of 175.5 throwing yards per outing, which is ranked 108th in Division 1. When it comes to how much they score, the Badgers rank 107th in college football by scoring 22.0 points per game.
Wisconsin has allowed a total of 66 yards via the ground game (33.0 yards per contest) and 1 touchdown via the rush so far this season. They have conceded 1 touchdown through the air and 161.5 yards/contest, which has them sitting 35th in the country. The Badgers defense has been on the field for 89 plays, which is good for 13th in Division 1. The Badgers are giving up 11.5 points per game, which has them sitting 23rd in the nation. This season, they have conceded 23 total points.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Badgers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish +3
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