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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Florida State Seminoles
Date: Sunday, September 5th, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Fighting Irish -7, Seminoles +7
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Fighting Irish -300, Seminoles +216
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 55
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The Florida State Seminoles will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to open the 2021 season this Sunday. Florida State leads the all-time series 6-4, but Notre Dame has won the last two matchups.
The Fighting Irish won last year’s meeting, 42-26 after jumping out to an early 15-point lead.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(9)Notre Dame enjoyed a great 2020 season, posting a 10-2 record. The Fighting Irish went undefeated during the regular season before losing to Clemson in the ACC Championship and Alabama in CFB Semifinal.
Brian Kelly is entering his twelve season at helm. He’s enjoyed a successful reign, posting a 81-39 record with five bowl victories
Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan will replace Ian Book as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. Coan started 13 games for the Badgers in 2019, and threw for 2,541 passing yards with 17 touchdowns to four interceptions. He fits the typical mold of a Brian Kelly quarterback.
Redshirt Sophomore Kyren Williams will lead the backfield again this season. He rushed for 1,061 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns and 27 catches. Fellow second-year back Chris Tyree added 480 yards and four scores. Notre Dame lost their top three receivers, but sure-handed tight end Michael Mayer returns after catching 42 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State is in the midst of the one of the slower runs in school history. Since winning the Orange Bowl in 2016, the Seminoles have failed to win more than seven games in each of the past four years, and they’ve posted three straight losing seasons.
Mike Norvell will be entering his second season in charge, he posted a 3-6 record in 2020.
Jordan Travis started eight games last season for FSU, but incoming UCF transfer McKenzie Milton is slated to start the opener. Milton was having a Heisman campaign with the Knights before a career threatening knee injury altered his season. He’s thrown for 8,266 passing yards with 69 touchdowns to 22 interceptions. Milton also has 957 rushing yards and 19 scores on the ground.
Travis led the team with 559 yards rushing last season, but Jashaun Corbin and Lawrance Toafili should get the bulk of the carries this season. Corbin ran for 401 yards and five touchdowns, and Toafili rushed for 356 yards and two scores. Leading recceiver Ontaria Wilson also returns after catching 30 balls for 382 yards.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
After seeing Virginia Tech pull off the top-ten upset over North Carolina, the asset of homefield advantage can’t be overlooked. It should be a good game but it also feels like another one of these games we shouldn’t overthink.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Notre Dame -7
Both teams enter with questions at the quarterback position, but we feel comfortable trusting Brian Kelly to lead his team to a victory. Florida State has struggled for the past three seasons, while Notre Dame is coming off of a CFB Playoff appearance.
They return most of their starters from one of the top defenses in the nation last season.Florida State will keep things close, but take Notre Dame’s spread
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