USC Trojans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 10/23/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Irish (-6.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1) host the USC Trojans (3-3) at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. USC opens as 6.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 58.
The USC Trojans step onto the field holding a record of 3-3 for this season. In their last contest, the Trojans went up against the Utah Utes and took a loss by a score of 42-26. Kedon Slovis went 33/53 with 401 yards passing and 2 TDs. He had a QB rating of 134.5 and finished the contest with 1 pick. Keaontay Ingram was the best rusher for the Trojans with 14 attempts for 70 yds (5.0 yards per attempt). For the game, they tallied 78 plays which gave them 493 yards. The USC Trojans rushed the ball a total of 25 times and accrued 92 yds, which had them averaging 3.7 yards per tote. On the ground, the Trojans conceded 180 yds on 35 tries, which is 5.1 yds per rush allowed. USC surrendered 22 pass completions on 28 attempts for 306 yards, and a completion rate of 78.6%.
When talking about putting points on the board, the USC Trojans hold an average of 32.2 PPG. Offensively they average 129.8 yards on the ground ranking them 93rd in the country. The Trojans have earned 2,689 total yards for this campaign. In terms of getting in the endzone, USC has earned 13 touchdowns via the pass and 7 touchdowns on the ground. USC has accumulated 150 first downs as a team, and they have committed 50 infractions for 499 yards. They have turned the ball over 11 times.
The Trojans rank 91st in the country when it comes to team defense, conceding 27.3 points per game. The opposition is running for 4.4 yards per tote and 148.3 yards on the ground per contest so far this season. During the season, they have conceded 890 yards via the running game in 6 games. Concerning yards via the pass, the Trojans are conceding 1,403 yds which has them ranked 63rd in Division 1. They have yielded 233.8 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 64.0%. Over the course of this year, they are allowing 382.2 yards per game which puts them 81st in the nation. They have allowed 12 touchdowns through the air and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Fighting Irish come into this matchup with a record of 5-1 for this season. In their last game, the Fighting Irish walked away with a victory by a final of 32-29 when they played the Virginia Tech Hokies. Tyler Buchner (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 113 yds on 6/14 passing while his QB rate was 105.7. He had 2 picks and his average yards per attempt was 8.1. Kyren Williams ran the ball 19 times for 74 yds, finishing the game with 3.9 yards per attempt for Notre Dame. Notre Dame ended up running for 4.0 yds per attempt, totaling 173 yards on 43 attempts. The Fighting Irish finished the contest with 394 yds while they ran 69 plays (5.7 yards per play). The Fighting Irish secondary conceded a completion percentage of 50.0%, surrendering 187 yds on 17 out of 34 through the air. Notre Dame relinquished 37 run attempts for 134 yds (3.6 yds per rush).
When looking at putting points on the board, the Fighting Irish are ranked 50th in the country maintaining an average of 31.0 points per outing. For the year so far, the Fighting Irish currently sit at 1,623 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 270.5 passing yards per contest, putting them at 32nd in Division 1. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have an average of 366.7 yards/contest, which ranks them 91st in the nation. The Notre Dame offense has totaled 340 yards of penalties on 41 infractions, which is 60th in college football in terms of hurting your team.
Notre Dame has yielded a total of 742 yards rushing (123.7 yards per game) as well as 7 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. They have yielded 7 touchdowns through the air and 237.0 yards per contest, which has them ranked 99th in the nation. The Fighting Irish defense has taken part in 418 plays, which ranks 59th in Division 1. The Fighting Irish are relinquishing 24.3 points per game, which puts them 75th in the nation. Overall, they have surrendered 146 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Trojans/Fighting Irish college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Trojans +6.5
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