Marshall Thundering Herd vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 9/10/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Location: Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Irish (-18.5)
The Marshall Thundering Herd (1-0) are headed to Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-1). Marshall opens this matchup as 18.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 52.5.
The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this matchup with a record of 1-0 for this year. In their last contest, the Thundering Herd faced the Norfolk State Spartans and walked away with a win by a score of 55-3. Henry Colombi connected on 24/26 with 205 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rate of 163.5 and ended the contest with 1 interception. Khalan Laborn was the rushing leader for the Thundering Herd with 12 attempts for 102 yds (8.5 yds per carry). The Marshall Thundering Herd ended up rushing 51 times and recorded 380 yards, which came out to an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 81 plays which totaled 612 yards. Marshall surrendered 6 completions on 14 attempts for a total of 84 yds, and a completion rate of 42.9%. In the running game, the Thundering Herd gave up 30 yds on 31 tries, which calculates to 1.0 yards per run allowed.
Regarding scoring points, the Marshall Thundering Herd were sitting at 33.0 PPG. As a unit they had an average of 162.3 yds on the ground, which was 67th in Division 1. The Thundering Herd earned 5,940 yards in total for the prior campaign. Marshall amassed 18 touchdowns via the pass and 38 touchdowns on the ground. Marshall compiled 304 1st downs, and they committed 85 penalties for 740 yards. They turned the football over 25 different times.
The Thundering Herd were ranked 45th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, conceding 23.8 points per game. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.2 yards per rushing attempt and 189.9 rushing yards per contest over the course of last season. In total, they gave up 2,469 running yards through 13 outings. Regarding passing yards, the Thundering Herd gave up 2,669 yards which ranked them 36th in Division 1. Over the course of their 13 games played last year, they conceded 205.3 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 54.7%. They relinquished 395.2 yards/game which ranked them 80th in D-1. They allowed 18 touchdowns through the air and 18 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Fighting Irish come into this matchup with a record of 0-1 this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Fighting Irish walked away with a loss by a score of 21-10 against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Chris Tyree ran the football 6 times for 28 yards, finishing the contest with 4.7 yards per carry for Notre Dame. Tyler Buchner ended the contest with 177 yards on 10/18 passing while his quarterback rating was 138.2. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.8. Notre Dame conceded 35 run attempts for 172 yards (4.9 yards per rush). The Fighting Irish pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 70.6%, surrendering 223 yards on 24 out of 34 passing. The Fighting Irish finished the game with 253 yds while they ran 48 plays (5.3 yds per play). Notre Dame rushed for 2.5 yds per carry, finishing the contest with 76 yards on 30 attempts.
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Fighting Irish ranked 20th in the country with an average of 35.2 PPG. Last season, the Fighting Irish earned 3,673 yards via the pass as well as averaging 282.5 passing yards per outing, ranking them 20th in D-1. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish averaged 426.7 yards per outing, which had them ranked 46th in college football. The Notre Dame offense racked up 637 penalty yds on 74 infractions, which was 74th in the nation in terms of making mistakes.
Notre Dame surrendered a total of 1,771 yards on the ground (136.2 yards per outing) in addition to 13 touchdowns rushing throughout last year. They allowed 13 touchdowns through the air and 224.2 yards/game, which had them sitting 63rd in the country. The Fighting Irish defense was on the field for 883 plays, ranking them 81st in college football. The Fighting Irish gave up 19.7 points per contest, which had them sitting 14th in the country. In total, they allowed 256 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Thundering Herd/Fighting Irish college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd +18.5
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