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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 9
North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)
Date: Saturday, October 30th, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: UNC +3.5 / Notre Dame -3.5(Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Tar Heels +155 / Irish -180
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 62.5
Week 9 of the college football season sees the North Carolina Tar Heels visiting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Kick is set for 7:30 ET on Saturday.
North Carolina is coming off of a bye week and Notre Dame is coming off of a win.
Notre Dame started off as a 6 point favorite and that number is now down to 3.5. The total has gone from 60 to 62.5.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels have been a disappointment so far this year. Before the season started, a lot of people thought this team would be the best team in the ACC and Sam Howell could potentially be a Heisman winner. None of that has been true so far.
This team last played on October 16th when they beat Miami 45-42. They really never should have let the game get that close.
In the win against the Hurricanes, Sam Howell was 17/26 for 154 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 pick.
Ty Chandler had a big day running the ball against Miami. He had 18 carries for 104 yards. The leading receiver in that game was Josh Downs who had 11 receptions for 96 yards.
The defense has really struggled for this team. When you allow 42 points to Miami you really have a lot of questions to answer. I am not sure how they will slow down the offense for Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame has had a good season so far. I would not call it great, but I still consider them to be a solid team.
The Fighting Irish knocked off the USC Trojans last Saturday by a score of 31-16. They also covered in that game.
Jack Coan was 20/28 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception.
Kyren Williams had a big day against USC. He ran the ball 25 times for 138 yards. I look for him to have another good day when he goes against the Tar Heels on Saturday.
The defense has been good for this team so far. There has not been much to complain about in that area. A big key for Saturday will be getting Sam Howell to the ground.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone over in 10 of North Carolina’s last 15 games.
- The total has gone over in 4 of North Carolina’s last 6 games this season.
- The total has gone over in 10 of North Carolina’s last 13 games played on a Saturday.
- Notre Dame is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
- Notre Dame is 19-1 SU in their last 20 games at home.
- Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games this season.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games played in October.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
A lot of people seem to think this is going to be a runaway, but I think it can be competitive.
I am going with North Carolina getting 3.5 points here.
4* Free Week 9 NCAA Betting Pick:
Notre Dame is the better team here and I do think they will win the game. I just am not totally sold on them covering it.
Given the players they have, we know that North Carolina has the ability to score some points in this one. If they can get touchdowns instead of field goals, I feel they have a very good chance of staying in the game.
The defense for UNC is really going to have to be on in this one. They will need to get a consistent pass rush on Jack Coan and they will also need to make sure Kyren Williams does not have the big day he had last week against USC. If he does, I do not see UNC coming close.
I will take the Tar Heels at +3.5 here.
4* Free Week 9 NCAA Betting Pick: North Carolina +3.5
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