Notre Dame at Wake Forest - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Truist Field)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +21.5 -- Over/Under: 58 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Update - Notre Dame has had multiple players test positive for COVID-19 and the game has been postponed and has been rescheduled for December 12th.
The 7th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Truist Field to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 7th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 2-0 (1-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 52-0, this past Saturday. Notre Dame put this game away early and had not trouble cruising to victory after taking a 28-0 lead with 11:15 left in the 2nd quarter. Notre Dame dominated South Florida on both ends of the field as the Fighting Irish outgained the Bulls by a 429-231 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the was QB Ian Book who completed 12 of 19 passes for 143 passing yards while also adding three rushing TD’s.
On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 39.5 ppg on 435.0 total yards per game (205.5 passing yds/g; 229.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Notre Dame has been led by QB Ian Book who has completed 62.0% of his passes on the season for 406 yards (203.0 passing yds/g), 1 TD, and 1 INT. The top targets for Ian Book in the passing game have been Tommy Tremble (8 rec, 98 yards), Joe Wilkins Jr. (4 rec, 44 yards), and Michael Mayer (4 rec, 43 yards). Leading the way for the Notre Dame backfield has been Kyren Williams who has rushed for 174 yards & 2 TD’s on the season. Williams is also the leading receiver for the Fighting Irish, as he has 4 receptions for 103 yards on the season. Also contributing to the Notre Dame rushing attack has been C’Bo Flemister (13 att, 127 yards, TD) & Chris Tyree (14 att, 85 yards, TD).
Defensively, Notre Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 6.5 ppg on 281.5 total yards per game (192.0 passing yds/g; 89.5 rushing yds/g).
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons dropped to 0-2 on the season after being defeated by the NC State Wolfpack, 45-42, this past Saturday. In a tight, back and forth game, Wake Forest could not fight back after a three-yard TD run by NC State’s Ricky Person Jr. gave the Wolfpack the lead for good with 5:51 left in regulation. Wake Forest was outgained by the NC State by a 463-385 margin and committed one turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Demon Deacons was RB Kenneth Walker III who had 131 yards and 3 TD’s on 27 carries.
On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 27.5 ppg on 357.5 total yards per game (264.5 passing yds/g; 93.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Wake Forest has been led by the backfield due of Kenneth Walker III (33 att, 150 yards, 3 TD) & Christian Beal-Smith (24 att, 68 yards, TD). QB Sam Hartman has completed 59.6% of his passes for 418 yards and a TD. The top targets for Sam Hartman in the passing game have been Jaquarii Roberson (11 rec, 167 yards, TD), Taylor Morin (12 rec, 145 yards, TD), and Donavon Greene (4 rec, 85 yards).
Definitely, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 41.0 ppg on 512.0 total yards per game (284.5 passing yds/g; 227.5 rushing yds/g.
Trends will be provided when released.
Notre Dame looked like a top-10 team agianst South Florida and should be able to continue to roll agianst a Wake Forest team that I think is going to be in for a long season. Wake Forest has had no answers defensively in their first two games and as the Demon Deacons are nowhere near as dynamic on the offensive end as they were last year, I think they struggle to put up points in this one allowing Notre Dame to cover this big spread. Good Luck.