|Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh College Football Picks & Spreads Week 11|
|Written by TheSpread|
|Saturday, 14 November 2009 11:12|
ND at PITT
Notre Dame hopes to rebound from its embarrassing loss to Navy last weekend when the Irish head to No. 8
Bet Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
It would be tough to pick Notre Dame in this game as the Fighting Irish have not played to a high standard this season against a fairly weak schedule. The Panthers have an offense that can match Notre Dame’s as the Panthers are scoring 34.6 points per-game and racking up 408 yards per-game.
Defense is where the differences show, as the Panthers are giving up just 17 points per-game while the Irish are allowing 23. The Panthers have been great against the run, keeping teams to just 106 yards per-outing. The Irish are getting beat through the air, allowing over 2,100 yards passing through nine games.
Jimmy Clausen will face a lot of long third down situations on Saturday and need to keep his offense on the field in order for Notre Dame to cover. On the other side, Pitt’s quarterback, Bill Stull will have to match Clausen’s effort. Stull has thrown for 1,879 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. Dion Lewis has been the Panthers’ workhorse with 1,139 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, but he may be limited against the Irish, who will look to stack the box against him. If Stull can avoid mistakes and manage the game well, Pitt should have no problem covering the spread.
As bad as Notre Dame may need to win this game, it appears the Charlie Weis ship is sinking, therefore we suggest a pick of Pittsburgh to cover and suggest a pick of the under 59.
Our College Football Week 11 Free Pick for this matchup is:
NOTRE DAME is 8-3 against the spread versus
NOTRE DAME is 8-3 straight up against
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
All games played at
NOTRE DAME is 4-1 against the spread versus
NOTRE DAME is 4-1 straight up against
4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
[QB] 11/03/2009 - Dayne Crist out for season ( Knee )
[RB] 11/10/2009 - Armando Allen is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Pittsburgh U ( Ankle )
[RG] 11/10/2009 - Trevor Robinson is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Pittsburgh U ( Ankle )
[TE] 11/10/2009 - Kyle Rudolph out for season ( Shoulder )
No significant injuries.