Notre Dame vs. UNC Prediction
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Notre Dame is favored on the road, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -14.5 points against the Tar Heels. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 61.5 points. The home team has won the last three in this series but the road team has covered the spread in all three contests. Today’s game takes place from Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It will air live on ABC.
North Carolina is just 1-4 this season following a 33-7 loss at Georgia Tech last week. The Tar Heels are also 1-4 against the spread, failing to cover in all four losses. The Tar Heels are putting up just 28.4 points and 395.2 yards per game this season on offense. Chazz Surratt is leading the team with 988 yards and five touchdowns passing. Jordon Brown and Michael Carter have combined for 475 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Leading receiver Austin Proehl has been lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Defensively, UNC is giving up 33 points and 466.8 yards per game The Heels have struggled against the run, allowing 221.8 yards per game.
Notre Dame is off to a 4-1 start following its 52-17 win over Miami-Ohio last weekend. The Fighting Irish are also 4-1 against the spread, covering in all four wins. Notre Dame’s offense is putting up 41.4 points and 468.2 yards per game. Their ground attack is one of the best in the nation, averaging 301.4 yards per game on the ground. Josh Adams is leading the team with 658 yards and four touchdowns while Brandon Wimbush has run for 402 yards and eight scores while throwing for 783 yards and six touchdowns. Adams is nursing an ankle injury and Wimbush is battling a foot issue, but both are expected to play. Along with a great offense, the ND defense is solid. The Irish are giving up 18.2 points and 385.8 yards per game.
When Notre Dame wins, it wins comfortably. When North Carolina loses, it loses big. That seems to be the story this season for both teams. The Notre Dame ground attack should be able to overwhelm the Heels, while the UNC offense won’t be able to keep pace with what the Irish are doing. UNC has failed to cover in five straight on grass and in four of its last five at home.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: NOTRE DAME -14.5