Free Week 8 Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(4-0) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-0)
Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm EST Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: Notre Dame -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 42.5
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Notre Dame has climbed to #3 in the top 25 rankings after their 4-0 start to the 2020 campaign. The Irish make their first trek away from South Bend on Saturday afternoon, visiting Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh is one of the hard luck teams in college football as two of their three losses have been by only one point. The Panthers are coming off a 31-19 loss at Miami last week though, as +11.5 underdogs.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Notre Dame offense needs to find themselves on Saturday after just a 12-7 win at home against Louisville last week as -15 point favorites.
The Irish managed just one TD last Saturday, against a Cardinals team that had allowed 46+ points in two of three games prior. Notre Dame had averaged 47.0 ppg in their two games prior.
Ian Book was out of rhythm against the Cardinals, throwing for just 106 yards. The Irish QB did run for a score, but he hasn’t had a TD pass in two of the last three games. Notre Dame did amass 232 yards on the ground vs. Louisville.
Last Saturday was a solid showing for the Notre Dame defense, holding the Cardinals under 150 pass yards and less than 100 rush yards. The Irish have now held 3 of 4 opponents this season to 13 points or less.
Pittsburgh had their poorest offensive showing of the season in a 19-31 loss at Miami last week. A lot of that can be forgiven though, as the Panthers played without Senior QB and team leader Kenny Pickett.
Pickett is questionable Saturday vs. Notre Dame, and getting him back would be a huge boost for Pitt as he’s thrown multiple TDs in three of four games. Transfer Joey Yellen was 22/46 last week vs. the Hurricanes.
Pitt is hoping for another poor offensive showing from Notre Dame this week. The Panthers have the top-ranked unit vs. the run, allowing just 61.5 yards per game. The Panthers are also 3rd in the country in takeaways with 8.
The Panthers had a decent showing last week vs. Miami, holding D’Eriq King to 222 yards with 2 INT. The Panthers did commit 10 penalties for 89 yards however.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Fighting Irish are 4-1 ATS last 5 games
- Fighting Irish are 6-2-1 ATS last 9 road games as a favorite
- Under is 6-2 in Fighting Irish last 8 road games
- Panthers are 0-4-1 ATS last 5 games overall
- Panthers are 0-6-1 ATS last 7 conference games
- Under is 9-4 in Panthers last 13 home games
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction:
It’s hard to see Pittsburgh generating much offense on Saturday afternoon, especially as they were held to 22 rush yards on 26 carries last week against Miami. There won’t be much scoring if PIckett does not go for Pitt.
Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 42.5
The Irish might come out a bit stale on offense as well considering it’s their first road game of the season.
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