Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 12/30/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Gamecocks (+4.5)
TIAA Bank Field is the site where the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-4) will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4) on Friday, December 30, 2022 in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Notre Dame is 4.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 52.5.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish head into this game 8-4 for this season. In their last game, the Fighting Irish took on the USC Trojans and took a loss by a score of 38-27. Drew Pyne went 23/26 with 318 yds through the air and 3 TDs. He had a quarterback rating of 221.6 and ended the game with 1 pick. Audric Estime was the rushing leader for the Fighting Irish with 6 attempts for 43 yards (7.2 yards per carry). When all was said and done, they had 52 plays which totaled 408 yds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran the ball a total of 26 different times and totaled 90 yds, earning them an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. When it came to stopping the run, the Fighting Irish conceded 204 yards on 39 attempts, which averages out to 5.2 yards per run allowed. Notre Dame allowed 18 completions on 22 tries for 232 yds, and a completion percentage of 81.8%.
The Fighting Irish currently have 4,592 yards in total over the course of this year. In terms of getting in the endzone, Notre Dame has earned 22 touchdowns through the air and 22 rushing touchdowns. They have surrendered the ball 16 times. Notre Dame has tallied 254 1st downs, and they have committed 56 infractions for 510 yards. Offensively they're holding an average of 182.8 yards on the ground which is 42nd in the country. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have an average of 30.7 points per game.
Regarding yards via the pass, the Fighting Irish have conceded 2,287 yds which has them ranked 19th in the nation. They have given up 190.6 yards per game via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 58.3%. Overall, they have given up 327.4 yards per game ranking them 22nd in Division 1. They have surrendered 17 touchdowns through the air and 16 touchdowns running the ball. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.0 yards per rushing attempt and 136.8 yards on the ground per game for the season. Overall, they have allowed 1,642 yards on the ground through 12 outings. The Fighting Irish are ranked 32nd in the country when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 21.8 PPG.
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The Gamecocks head into this game 8-4 this season. When they last played, the Gamecocks walked away with a victory by a final of 31-30 when they played the Clemson Tigers. Spencer Rattler (2 TDs) finished the game with 360 yds on 25/39 through the air while his quarterback rating was 148.3. He tossed 2 interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.2. Jaheim Bell carried the ball 9 times for 29 yards, ending the contest with 3.2 yds per attempt for South Carolina. South Carolina ran the ball for 1.4 yards per tote, totaling 42 yds on 31 carries. The Gamecocks finished the game with 402 yds while running 70 plays (5.7 yards per play). The Gamecocks secondary allowed a completion rate of 27.6%, relinquishing 99 yds on 8 for 29 passing. South Carolina conceded 37 running attempts for 237 yds (6.4 yds per rush).
Concerning how much they score, the Gamecocks currently rank 45th in college football with 31.7 points per game. For the season to this point, the Gamecocks have compiled 3,094 yards through the air in addition to an average of 257.8 passing yards per outing, which has them sitting 43rd in college football. The South Carolina Gamecocks hold an average of 381.1 yards per game, which ranks them 76th in the nation. The South Carolina offense has 756 penalty yds on 82 infractions, which ranks 33rd in college football in terms of giving up free yards.
South Carolina has allowed a total of 2,309 rushing yards (192.4 yards per outing) as well as 20 touchdowns by way of the ground game so far this year. They have yielded 22 touchdowns through the air in addition to 199.5 yards per outing, ranking them 27th in Division 1. The Gamecocks defense has been on the field for 846 plays, which is good for 83rd in D-1. The Gamecocks are giving up 27.5 points per contest, which has them ranked 78th in college football. In total, they have surrendered 330 total points.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Gamecocks college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Gamecocks +4.5
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