Free Week 2 Prediction: Wolf Pack vs Fighting Irish Odds
Looking for Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish free picks? Week 2 College football betting sees the Wolf Pack taking on the Fighting Irish Saturday, September 10th at Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(1-0) Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Notre Dame -28
NCAA Betting Total: 60.5
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While they were slight favorites and Texas was unranked entering the game, Notre Dame’s loss at Texas in Week 1 won’t turn out to be a bad one when it is all said and done.
Texas jumped into the top 15 and will likely be a handful for their Big 12 opponents for the rest of the season.
However, the Fighting Irish have much bigger issues at hand as their defense looked poor and will put the pressure on their offense to win shootouts if it continues to perform that way.
Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada barely snuck past FCS opponent Cal Poly in their opener and will have to be much more productive to stay in the game against Notre Dame.
Cal Poly completely controlled the tempo of the game against Nevada – outgaining the Wolf Pack by 83 yards but holding the ball for more than 36 minutes of the game.
Nevada is lucky to have escaped with the overtime win after giving up 383 yards on the ground on 5.4 yards per carry.
Nevada allowed just 62 passing yards but that is due to Cal Poly’s offensive style that featured 71 running plays and just 12 passing.
When they had the ball, Nevada’s offense was efficient though – completing 71 percent of their passes and averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
However, after the first quarter, the Wolf Pack managed just 3 points until overtime when they scored on the short overtime field.
Notre Dame’s defense did struggle in Week 1 but will surely be able to limit the Wolf Pack even more so than Cal Poly – which spells trouble after Nevada sputtered completely in the second half and surrendered a 14 point fourth quarter lead.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Any casual fan could’ve watched Notre Dame’s opener and scratched their head as Coach Brian Kelly continued to send Malik Zaire onto the field in the Fighting Irish’s two quarterback system.
Kizer was much more effective and upon Kelly’s eventual realization of that, he let Kizer take over and bring the Irish back from a 17 point deficit.
Kizer finished the game with six total touchdowns and 292 total yards. Zaire was 2 of 5 for 23 yards along with 3 rushes for zero yards in his time on the field.
Kelly has said he hasn’t decided what will happen going forward yet but it seems like a no-brainer that Kizer will be the primary quarterback.
Neither should have much trouble against Nevada but will be important to watch is how Notre Dame’s defense performs.
After losing several players to the NFL and the recent dismissals and suspensions, the Irish defense didn’t look great in the opener – giving up 517 total yards.
Nevada won’t be a real test but they certainly need to figure some things out as Michigan State awaits the Irish next weekend.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 10-4 in Nevada’s last 14 games.
- Over is 8-6 in Notre Dame’s last 14 games.
- Nevada is 12-18-1 ATS in their last 31 games following a SU win.
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Whether Kelly sticks with the 2 quarterback system or goes with Kizer, the Irish offense should have no problem putting points on the board.
The Nevada offense struggled against Cal Poly last week so facing a much higher caliber defense in Notre Dame could spell even bigger issues.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Notre Dame –28
If the Irish get up big with Kizer, Zaire will come in and try to prove that he can be the starter. This one should get out of hand as the Irish roll in a big victory.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Notre Dame 54 – Nevada 20
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