Free Week 2 Prediction: Fighting Irish vs Cavaliers Odds
Week 2 College football betting sees the Notre Dame Fighting Irish taking on the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday September 12th at Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
The Fighting Irish come in off of their most impressive games in many a year as they get set to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon.
Notre Dame manhandled Texas from the opening kick off as they went on to win 38-3 in their season opener.
Virginia struggled in their season opener as they fell to UCLA 34-16 as they failed to get any pass rush throughout the entire game.
Notre Dame opens as 11.5 points favorites here with kickoff set for 3:30.
The Fighting Irish got a lot of encouraging signs from their season opener as Malik Zaire looked phenomenal.
Zaire was given the #1 option after starting the Music City Bowl last year and eventually was announced starter after Everett Golson transferred out.
Zaire was nearly flawless completing 19 of 22 passes for 313 yards to go along with 3 touchdowns.
While Zaire was the main reason for the Fighting Irish’s success Week 1, the defense deserves just as much credit. Notre Dame’s defensive struggles last year led them to a 2-5 finish as they allowed nearly 40 points a game.
In Week 1 they held Texas to only 163 yards and just 8 first downs.
Virginia at least made their Week 1 loss look a bit respectable as they dropped a 34-16 decision to the Bruins. Virginia really had no offensive rhythm, struggled in the red zone, and had zero pass rush throughout the entire game.
As far as the red zone problems is concerned, Virginia got there 3 times, but had to settle for 3 field goals. With an already sluggish offense, this team simply cannot afford to settle for field goals in the red zone.
The offense had just one touchdown and that came from RB Taquan Mizzell. The RB had 8 receptions in Week 1, mostly on the swing pass or screen pass, and also contributed 45 yards on the ground.
The main key in this one for Virginia will be getting to Zaire and putting continuous pressure on him. They did absolutely none of that against UCLA.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Prediction
Virginia played much worse than the score indicated against UCLA. On the other side of that, Notre Dame played even better than their 38-3 win. With that, Notre Dame looks like they have the potential to be one of the top teams in the country.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Notre Dame ATS
The Fighting Irish turn in another good week on both sides of the ball as they cruise over Virginia.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Notre Dame 31- Virginia 10
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