Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans Prediction, 11/26/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Trojans (-4)
The USC Trojans (10-1) will go up against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. Notre Dame opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 62.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this game with a record of 8-3 for this season. In their last contest, the Fighting Irish faced off with the Boston College Eagles and earned the victory with a final of 44-0. Drew Pyne connected on 13/25 with 156 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 117.6 and walked away from the game with no interceptions. Logan Diggs was the best rusher for the Fighting Irish with 15 carries for 122 yards (8.1 yards per attempt). When the final whistle blew, they ran 63 plays which gave them 437 yards. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran the rock 38 different times and totaled 281 yds, which had them averaging 7.4 yds per carry. On the ground, the Fighting Irish gave up 56 yds on 36 tries, which is an average of 1.6 yards per run allowed. Notre Dame relinquished 9 pass completions on 22 tries for 117 yds, and a completion percentage of 40.9%.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have an average of 31.0 points per game. As a team they're averaging 191.2 yards via the ground game ranking them 36th in the country. The Fighting Irish have racked up 4,184 total yards this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Notre Dame has amassed 19 touchdowns via the pass and 21 rushing touchdowns. Notre Dame has earned 232 first downs as a team, and they have been called for 52 infractions for 471 yds. They have surrendered the ball 13 times.
The Fighting Irish rank 27th in college football in terms of team defense, giving up 20.3 points per game. They are allowing an average of 3.8 yards per rush on the ground and 130.7 rushing yards per contest this year. Overall, they have given up 1,438 rushing yards through 11 games. Concerning yards through the air, the Fighting Irish have conceded 2,055 yards which ranks them 17th in Division 1. They have relinquished 186.8 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 56.3%. During the season, they are surrendering 317.5 yards per outing ranking them 17th in D-1. They have conceded 17 touchdowns through the air and 12 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Trojans come into this matchup with a record of 10-1 for this season. In their last game, the Trojans walked away with a victory by a final of 48-45 when they played the UCLA Bruins. Caleb Williams (2 TDs) ended the game with 470 yds on 32/43 passing while his quarterback rate was 176.9. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 10.9. Austin Jones ran the football 21 times for 120 yds, ending the game with 5.7 yards per attempt for USC. USC rushed for 4.7 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 179 yds on 38 carries. The Trojans finished with a total of 649 yds while running 81 plays (8.0 yds per play). The Trojans pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 60.5%, surrendering 309 yds on 23 out of 38 passing. USC gave up 37 rush attempts for 204 yds (5.5 yds per rush).
The USC Trojans average 513.0 yards per outing, ranking them 2nd in the nation. The USC offense has accrued 681 penalty yds on 73 violations, which is 41st in the country in terms of hurting your team. Over the course of the season so far, the Trojans have earned 3,639 passing yards along with holding an average of 330.8 passing yards per game, putting them at 4th in the country. When it comes to how much they score, the Trojans rank 3rd in D-1 with an average of 42.9 points per outing.
The Trojans are surrendering 26.3 points per contest, which has them 68th in the nation. USC has allowed the opposition a total of 1,619 yards rushing (147.2 yards/game) as well as 21 touchdowns via the rush this season. Overall, they have surrendered 289 points. They have given up 17 touchdowns through the air and 257.8 yards per game, ranking them 105th in Division 1. The Trojans defense has been on the field for 736 plays, which is 47th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Irish/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Trojans -4
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