North Carolina at Notre Dame: 10/30/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

North Carolina at Notre Dame: 10/30/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)

Betting Odds: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3,5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in a non-conference college football showdown at Notre Dame Stadium. When these two teams faced off in November of 2020, Notre Dame came away with the 31-17 victory. 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have found success this season, and their only loss came against the Cincinnati Bearcats a few games back. In the last game, Notre Dame looked good putting up 31 points, and that led to the 15 point victory. Notre Dame is averaging 31 points per game while the defense is giving up 23.14 points per game. Jack Coan has been the starter this season after being a standout at Wisconsin. Coan has thrown for 1,397 yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the North Carolina Tar Heels who have been one of the biggest disappointments in all of college football sitting with a 4-3 record overall. The Tar Heels last game was against Miami and North Carolina came away with the 45-42 victory. North Carolina is averaging 36.86 points per game while the defense is giving up 28.9 points per game. Sam Howell is under center for North Carolina and on the season he has thrown for 1851 yards, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions. This is a defense that isn’t great, and North Carolina is going to need to be better on that side of the ball, or this is going to be a long ball. 

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North Carolina is 2-5 against the spread in their seven road games. Notre Dame is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. The over is 4-1 in the Tar Heels last five road games. The road team is 5-0 against the spread in the last five meetings. 

I really don’t trust either of these teams, but I really don’t feel comfortable laying this type of number with Notre Dame. I expect a strong game for Sam Howell and he is going to lead the Tar Heels to plenty of offense. Back North Carolina to cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick North Carolina +3,5

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