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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-0) South Florida vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 2:30 pm EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Fighting Irish -25.5
NCAA Betting Total: 45.5
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USF got a win in their new coach’s debut but they are going to be in tough on the road against Notre Dame.
The Irish were just OK hosting Duke in their opener. They got the win but they did not cover the spread.
South Florida is building but the Irish are supposed to win now so the pressure is on the home side for this one.
South Florida Bulls
The Bulls beat the Citadel to start the season, winning 27-6. Not exactly impressive but anything is better than the 49-0 beating they took against Wisconsin last year.
Jeff Scott, formerly of Clemson is in charge now. He ran the offense there and in time I think he will have success here in time.
Scott was able to recruit a couple of quarterbacks but it was Jordan McCloud who saw the most time last week. He played as a freshman last year but it says a lot that Scott wants new blood at the position.
Thought Scott is an offense guy the Bulls need to improve on defense too. The entire secondary returns and they are going to need that experience against Notre Dame and QB Ian Book.
South Florida is a heavy dog here but I give them a good chance of keeping it close.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish had a more competent foe in their opener, beating Duke 27-13. They did not cover and were not overly impressive.
The exception was Kyren Williams who led in both rushing and receiving last week. That position might be in good hands but the receiving corps is light.
The defense was solid but not great against Duke. Kyle Hamilton is their best player and he is questionable right now. He is so natural at safety.
This may be a step up from Duke in terms of talent but probably not in terms of preparation. The USF program is likely still adjusting and this would have been a tougher game later in the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-2 in ND last 9 games as a favorite.
- ND are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- ND are 9-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
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This is a big line given what we saw from Notre Dame in their opener. That is a lot of points for a team that is not quite humming on offense.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: South Florida +25.5
This one also has a low total, which tells you something about the way this game is likely to go. If the Bulls get 7-14 points are the Irish explosive enough to cover it.
I just don’t see ND being in control of this one from the get go. That opens the door for a competitive USF squad to get that ATS win.
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