Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh Prediction
No. 3 Notre Dame had its hands full at home versus ACC foe Louisville last week and now the Fighting Irish will put their unbeaten record on the line when they visit Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Will the under cash for bettors with the total sitting at just 43 points?
317 Notre Dame (-9.5) at 318 Pittsburgh Panthers (+9.5); o/u 43
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 24, 2020
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Game Notes
Louisville redshirt senior QB Ian Book completed just 11-of-19 passes for 107 yards and ran for a touchdown with 47 yards rushing in a 12-7 win over Louisville on Saturday. This was not an aesthetically pleasing game; especially if you like offense. Notre Dame's offense stalled in the red zone three times in the first half, and a fake field goal on that third try didn't come close to reaching paydirt. Book (6'0/212) was under a surprising amount of pressure, and also was hurt by some poor play by receivers. With the Fighting Irish trailing 7-6, Book showed off his scrambling ability and ran it in from 13 yards out to give Notre Dame the 12-7 lead and ultimately a victory. It's also worth pointing out that the winds were swirling in South Bend, but, not a great game for the senior signal-caller. Book and the Fighting Irish are 4-0, and they can get to 5-0 next Saturday with a win over Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Panthers Game Notes
Pitt redshirt freshman QB Joey Yellen completed 22-of-46 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown in a 31-19 loss to Miami on Saturday. Yellen (6'3/220) filled in for the injured Kenny Pickett and performed well considering he was facing a stout Miami defense. His lone touchdown pass came on a 1-yard strike to TE Daniel Moraga in the third-quarter with Pitt still clinging to life. Though he redshirted last season, Yellen still completed 28-of-44 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns when he played for Arizona State. Pitt hosts the ACC's newest member, Notre Dame, next Saturday.
Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh Betting Prediction
The under has cashed in five of the previous seven meetings between these two teams and is 35-17 in the Fighting Irish’s last 52 games against the ACC. The under is also 6-2 in Notre Dame’s last eight road games and is 4-1 in its last five games when lists as a road favorite. On the other side, the under is 16-6 in the Panthers’ last 22 games when playing as an underdog, is 9-4 in their last 13 home games and is 11-5 in their last 16 conference tilts, which includes Notre Dame.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 BETTING PREDICTION: NOTRE DAME/PITT UNDER 43