BYU Cougars vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 10/8/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: BYU Cougars vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Location: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Irish (-2.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-2) welcome the BYU Cougars (4-1) at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday. BYU is 2.5-point underdogs. The betting total is set at 52.
The BYU Cougars come into this matchup with a record of 4-1 for this season. In their last contest, the Cougars faced the Utah State Aggies and notched a win by a score of 38-26. Jaren Hall went 17/27 with 274 yds through the air and 3 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 184.9 and ended the game without throwing a pick. Christopher Brooks led the offense in rushing for the Cougars with 11 attempts for 90 yards (8.2 yards per attempt). The BYU Cougars ran the football 32 times and amassed 117 yds, earning them an average of 3.7 yds per carry. For the game, they had 60 plays which gave them a total of 397 yards. BYU gave up 19 pass completions on 32 tries for 188 yds, and a completion rate of 59.4%. In the running game, the Cougars conceded 204 yards on 49 tries, which averages out to 4.2 yds per rush allowed.
Concerning scoring, the BYU Cougars have an average of 34.4 points per contest. As a unit they're holding an average of 152.2 yards in the run game which has them sitting 74th in D-1. The Cougars have earned 2,227 total yards this year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, BYU has compiled 13 touchdowns through the air and 7 rushing touchdowns. BYU has recorded 111 first downs as a team, and they have been flagged for 41 penalties for 364 yards. They have surrendered the ball 2 times.
When it comes to yards via the pass, the Cougars have conceded 878 yds which puts them in 25th in Division 1. They have yielded 175.6 yards per outing through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 59.9%. For the season, they are conceding 338.2 yards per outing which puts them 40th in Division 1. They have allowed 7 touchdowns through the air and 9 touchdowns via the ground game. The opposition is running for an average of 4.0 yards per running attempt and 162.6 rushing yards per game on the season. Over the course of this season, they have given up 813 yards on the ground through 5 games. The Cougars are ranked 74th in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 26.4 points per game.
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The Fighting Irish come into this game with a record of 2-2 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Fighting Irish took home the win by a final score of 45-32 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Drew Pyne (3 touchdowns) ended the game with 289 yards on 24/34 passing while his QB rating was 171.1. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.5. Chris Tyree carried the football 15 times for 80 yards, ending the contest with 5.3 yards per carry for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish ended up finishing with 576 yds while they ran 85 plays (6.8 yards per play). Notre Dame rushed the football for 5.6 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 287 yards on 51 attempts. Notre Dame relinquished 28 attempts on the ground for 66 yds (2.4 yds per rush). The Fighting Irish secondary gave up a completion percentage of 53.1%, surrendering 301 yds on 17 for 32 through the air.
In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Fighting Irish are sitting 97th in college football maintaining an average of 25.0 points per game. For the season so far, the Fighting Irish have compiled 837 passing yards along with holding an average of 209.3 passing yards per game, ranking them 96th in D-1. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish average 369.3 yards/game, which is good for 94th in the nation. The Notre Dame offense has 203 yards of penalties on 22 violations, which is 115th in the nation in terms of making mistakes.
Notre Dame has surrendered a total of 569 rushing yards (142.3 yards per game) as well as 3 touchdowns rushing for the season. They have surrendered 9 touchdowns through the air and 213.3 yards/outing, which has them ranked 53rd in the nation. The Fighting Irish defense has been on the field for 268 plays, which ranks 10th in the country. The Fighting Irish are allowing 24.0 points per contest, which has them sitting 62nd in college football. This season, they have allowed 96 pts.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Fighting Irish college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars +2.5
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