N.C. State vs. Notre Dame Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Notre Dame is favored at home in this game, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -7 points against the Wolfpack. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 58 points. N.C. State has won the last two meetings with Notre Dame and the two hit the under in both of those games. The public is currently putting 63 percent of the wagers on Notre Dame at home. Saturday’s game takes place from Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana and will air live on NBC.
N.C. State is coming off a 35-17 win at Pittsburgh two weeks ago to improve to 6-1 on the season. The Wolfpack have hit the under in four of their seven games, including all of their last four games. N.C. State has a pretty good defense, holding opponents to just 22.7 points and 378.3 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing only 91.3 yards per game. On offense, the Wolfpack are putting up 35.4 points and 467.4 yards per game. Ryan Finley is having a great year, throwing for 1,968 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the offense. Kelvin Harmon has 36 catches for 547 yards and two scores while Nyheim Hines has run for 648 yards and six scores.
Notre Dame is coming off a 49-14 win at home over USC last week to move to 6-1 on the season. The Irish are 5-2 with the over, going 3-1 with the over in home games. ND is putting up an impressive 41.3 points and 475 yards per game right now. The run game has been dominant, averaging 317.9 yards per game. Josh Adams has 967 rushing yards with eight touchdowns to lead the team while Brandon Wimbush has 508 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground while passing for 903 yards and eight scores. Defensively, ND is holding opponents to just 16.4 points and 361.4 yards per game.
I think Notre Dame is for real and this offense is for real. The only team to give it trouble was Georgia, but I don’t think this N.C. State defense is at the same level of Georgia. The Irish should be able to establish a big lead early on and then both teams will tack on scores in the second half to hit this over. ND has hit it in four of its last five at home and in seven of its last eight on fieldturf. N.C. State has also hit the over in four straight non-conference games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: N.C. STATE/NOTRE DAME OVER 58