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Notre Dame at Syracuse

Syracuse -3 / -150 / 46

It's been an up and down season for ND Coach Marcus Freeman, the Irish sit on a 4-3 record that includes losses at home to Marshall and Stanford. Syracuse lost its undefeated season this past Saturday to Clemson. Syracuse's offense was not good and allowed a backup to beat them. Still, Syracuse looked like they belonged on the same field as one of the nation’s top teams, and they look like a much more dangerous team than Notre Dame right BUT in order to be the king…you have to beat the King.


FBS & FCS Combined

NCAA Rankings Total Off Pass Run Defense

Notre Dame 124 173 77 63

Syracuse 95 115 74 28


TEAM W-L PF AVG PA AVG HOME AWAY

Notre Dame 4-3 186 26.6 153 21.9 2-2 1-1

Syracuse 6-1 237 33.9 106 15.1 5-0 1-1


The Fighting Irish have had mixed results defending the run this season, shutting down North Carolina and California on the ground but letting Marshall and UNLV rack up yards.


RUSHING

RANK RB TEAM RUSH TD YDS YPG Yards Per Rush

163 Audric Estime Notre Dame 79 6 435 62.1 5.51

256 Logan Diggs Notre Dame 75 0 346 57.7 4.61


38 Sean Tucker Syracuse 129 6 698 99.7 5.41

225 Garrett Shrader Syracuse 99 6 371 53.0 3.75

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PASSING

RANK QB TEAM

182nd Drew Pyne Notre Dame

106th Garrett Shrader Syracuse


TEAM PASS ATT PASS COM COMP TD INT PASS YDS YPG YPP

Notre Dame 273 187 68.5% 16 3 2408 301.0 8.82

Syracuse 177 123.0 69.5% 13 4 1594 227.7 9.01


The true story is that Syracuse has lost the last four games against Notre Dame at home and on the road (2020 - 2014) Syracuse has traditionally had a good defense and a poor offense and it has continued this season. Notre Dame seems to do better on the road by 3-points in scoring.


Team Location Score Allow Totals

Syracuse HOME 22.6 24.8 47.4

ND HOME 31.1 21.0 52.1

ND ROAD 33.1 22.1 55.


TAKE: NOTRE DAME +3 TAKE: OVER 46

WINNER WINNER!



TCU at West Virginia

TCU -7 / -280 / 70


I find it hard to believe anyone in the TCU locker room will be looking past the Mountaineers and ready to play Texas Tech. TCU is one of six unbeaten teams left in the Bowl Subdivision. The Horned Frogs have wins over Oklahoma, Kansas, No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 22 Kansas State and are seeking a berth in the Big 12 championship game for the first time since 2017. But they have a few more challenges to overcome: TCU rallied from 18 points down last week against Kansas State and from 17 points behind two weeks ago against Oklahoma State. According to TCU’s athletic department, Tennessee in 2016 is the last team to overcome deficits of at least 17 points in consecutive games to beat ranked opponents. Name the top running backs in the Big 12: Bijan Robinson Texas and Deuce Vaughn Kansas State. Creeping up on them is TCU’s Kendre Miller, the only other back who is averaging over 100 rushing yards. Miller has 10 rushing touchdowns, including at least one in every game.Miller is coming off a season-high 153 yards against Kansas State.


FBS & FCS Combined

NCAA Rankings Total Off Pass Run Defense

West Virginia 54 70 81 168

TCU 5 30 22 160


The Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) don’t exactly conjure up fear in opponents these days, especially coming off a lopsided loss at Texas Tech. West Virginia does have a bit of history on its side and will go for its fifth straight win over TCU. West Virginia coach Neal Brown is 20-22 in four years and under pressure by the fan base to produce. Last week’s 48-10 loss at Texas Tech only riled up the supporters more. It also has Brown doubling down on his commitment to get better. West Virginia quarterback JT Daniels is coming off a career-high three interceptions. West Virginia’s leading rusher, Tony Mathis, will miss Saturday’s game and backup Justin Jefferson is day-to-day. Remember the WV outcome in the Baylor game a few weeks ago. Who wins the game? I'm not sure, The history of this game may dictate the outcome


Team LOCATION TCU SCORE WVU SCORE TOTALS W / L

TCU vs WVU TCU 26.4 22.6 49 3-2

WVU vs TCU WVU 19.2 34.6 53.8 3-2

*WVU has won the last four games (HM & RD)


Conference Overall

PF PA W-L PF AVG PA AVG DIF HM RD STRK

TCU 174 123 7-0 313 44.7 187 26.7 18.0 4-0 3-0 W7

WV 115 181 3-4 244 34.9 236 33.7 1.1 2-1 1-3 L1


TAKE: UNDER 70 - LOSS 72 POINTS

*It has been since 2012 when TOTALS exceeded 70-points



South Florida (USF) at Houston

Houston -18 / -910 / 61

The South Florida Bulls (1-6) visit John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium to take on the Houston Cougars (4-3). Let’s just say South Florida (USF) has a tough time on the road. Since 2019 they are 1-16 on the road to FBS teams with the only win coming against East Carolina in October of 2019.


Since 2019 Score Allow Total

Hou HM 33.9 31.6 66.9

Hou Overall 33.7 28.5 62.2

USF RD 17.6 34.6 52.3


In 2021 at Houston; Houston 54, USF 42 (96). In 2020 at USF; Houston 56, USF 21 (77)

*We eliminated two game scores of zero (0) points. One game vs Notre Dame 0-52 and the other 0-45 against NC State. This was to get a better statistical average. As it looks now you can see we have 254 FCS and FBS teams in the rankings. There are only 131 FBS teams and USF is clearly ranked out of FBS except for rushing.


FBS & FCS Combined

NCAA Rankings Total Off Pass Run Defense

Houston 101 74 132 162

USF 171 205 88 247


Houston QB Clayton Tune is ranked 38th in QB’s in the nation (FBS). In their last matchup, South Florida fell by a score of 45-31 to Tulane. Heading into the game, the Bulls were 12.0 point underdogs on the spread, leading to a loss vs the spread. The two team’s combined to score 76 points, surpassing the over-under betting line of 55.0. In the win, the team’s defense gave up a total of 564 yards, with 235 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 185th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, South Florida is ranked 154th in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 329 yards through the air.


ATT COM % TD INT PASS YDS YPG Team

Clayton Tune 248 162 65.3% 17 4 1828 261.1 7.37 Houston

Gerry Bohanon 160 91 56.9% 6 6 1070 152.9 6.69 USF


TAKE: OVER 61 - WINNER WINNER 69-POINTS


South Alabama at Arkansas State

South Alabama -12 / -480 / 55.5

It’s about winners and losers. Coming into this game, Arkansas State has lost 3-in-a-row, is 0-5 on the road and 2-1 at home. Overall since 2020 Arkansas State is 4-18 in the sun belt conference with 3 of the 4 wins coming from ULL and one from Georgia State. The last time Arkansas State beat South Alabama was 2018 at Home 38-14, however since 2017 (home & road) Arkansas State is 1-4 vs South Alabama


Since 2020 Score Allow Total

Ark St HM 31.4 38.1 69.6

Ark St. Overall 27.5 37.2 64.8

So Bama RD 21.6 29 50.6


Since 2018 Ark St So. Bama Total

Ark St vs S Bama 26.2 28.2 54.4


South Alabama Jaguars travel to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves, they have an overall record of 5-2 and 2-1 in Sun Belt action. However, since 2020 South Alabama is 3-7 on the road against Sun Belt conference opponents. In their last game, the Jaguars fell to Troy at home by a score of 10-6. South Alabama had 16 combined points,the team’s defense gave up a total of 266 yards, with 128 coming on the ground. So far, the team is FBS ranked 17th in rush yards allowed per game, ranked 100th in passing yards allowed and gave up 138 yards through the air against Troy. The South Alabama offense is averaging 31.7 points per game in the FBS. Good news, Arkansas State defense is ranked 110th out of 131 teams. If South Alabama can generate some success in the run game (averaging 143.29 rush yards per game) the Jaguars can use their pass game which is FBS ranked 32nd in pass yards per game, with an average of 287.2


FBS & FCS Combined

NCAA Rankings Total Off Pass Run Defense

South Bama 61 38 134 41

Ark State 175 103 216 174


Arkansas State Red Wolves have an overall record of 2-6, 1-4 in Sun Belt action. In their last matchup, Arkansas State fell by a score of 38-18 to Louisiana. The team’s defense gave up a total of 522 yards, with 206 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 109th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Arkansas State is ranked 172nd in passing yards allowed (FCS & FBS) and is coming off a game in which they gave up 316 yards through the air.


TAKE: UNDER 55.5 TAKE: South Alabama -480

WINNER WINNER 31-3


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