Notre Dame at North Carolina State Preview

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 8, 2016
Where: Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: ABC
Betting Line: N.C. State -2.5
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Total: 64.5

Notre Dame might need some divine intervention to avoid Hurricane Matthew when they visit North Carolina State on Saturday. The ACC issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the hurricane situation: “The conference and its institutions continue to monitor the weather forecast for this weekend’s games. Every effort will be made to play the games as the safety of players, teams and fans is not compromised.”

The game could end up being moved later in the night on Saturday or to Sunday if necessary. Notre Dame would like to get back on the field, where DeShone Kizer comes in hot after a 471-yard passing performance. The Wolfpack are averaging 40 points on offense.

About Notre Dame (2-3):

Notre Dame was a 50-33 winner in its last match on the road against Orange. They covered the -11.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 83 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Brian Kelly’s is on the hot seat after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke in Week 4 that dropped the Irish to 1-3. Kelly elevated analyst Greg Hudson to defensive coordinator after the Duke loss, and the defense looked much the same while allowing 27 first-half points to Syracuse before turning things around with a strong second half.
Notre Dame:
Team record: 2-3 SU,2-3 ATS
Notre Dame is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Notre Dame is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Notre Dame is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Notre Dame is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame’s last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games on the road

About North Carolina State (3-1):

NC State was a 33-16 winner in their most recent outing at home against Demon Deacons. They covered the -14-point spread as favorites, while the total score (49) made winners of OVER bettors.

The Wolfpack are about to take a huge jump in competition with Notre Dame this week and trips to No. 3 Clemson and No. 8 Louisville the following two weeks. N.C. State should be able to keep pace offensively behind quarterback Ryan Finley, who is completing 72.4 percent of his passes and has thrown for nine TDs without an interception.
NC State:
Team record: 3-1 SU,3-1 ATS
The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 7 games
North Carolina State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 7 games
North Carolina State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games at home

Notre Dame vs NC State Prediction:

I won’t be kind. We have two very good offenses going against two crappy defenses. The loser in this game could still end up scoring over 30 points. The Notre Dame defense is young and they just look lost on the field. It will be at least 4 or 5 games before they really have a chance of jelling as a good defense. In the meantime they will get lit up and make some really bad plays. The Wolfpack defense has a more fundamental problem. They just don’t have the talent to compete. I have two bets on the game. I am taking the Irish on the money line as long as it is less than three but if you can find 3 points at your book then take them. My other bet is on the over.

Notre Dame vs NC State Pick: 75% Notre Dame money line & 25% on the over.