The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-2) and the 8th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Notre Dame Stadium. The game kicks off on NBC this Saturday, Sept 19th at 3:30 PM from South Bend. Cord-cutters can stream the game via NBCSports.com.
A Closer Look At the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Week 3 Betting Tips
What: No. 14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0)
When: Saturday, Sept 19th, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Notre Dame, IN
Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium
Weather: 73 °F/Sprinkles
Wind: Northeast 9mph
Spread: Georgia Tech -2
Moneyline: Georgia Tech -140 vs Notre Dame +120
Game Total: 55
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: Georgia Tech Vs Notre Dame
No. 9 Notre Dame (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) picked up an absolutely thrilling win by beating Virginia 34-27 when backup quarterback DeShone Kizer came in for injured starter Malik Zaire and tossed a game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Irish to a thrilling 34-27 victory.
While the Irish didn’t cover the college football betting line as a 13.5-point favorite, they have apparently found a new star in Kizer.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly called the win "bittersweet," knowing his team will miss Zaire who is out for the season with a fractured ankle.
While Kelly admitted that his young backup lacks experience, he did say, "Now, Deshone has to run our football team and we feel good about it."
"He’s got great weapons around him and we saw that tonight," Kelly added.
No. 15 Georgia Tech (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) absolutely throttled Tulane in its commanding 65-10 Week 2 win while easily cashing in as a 33-point home favorite.
Quarterback Justin Thomas completed seven of nine passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 10 times for an additional 71 yards and one touchdown.
Thomas went to the bench late in the third with the Yellow Jackets (2-0) leading 44-7.
"I prefer to win every game 65-10," head coach Paul Johnson said afterward. "But we’re definitely going to be stepping up the competition level."
The Yellow Jackets extended the nation’s longest streak of 250-yard rushing games to 15 in a row, finishing with 439 yards on the ground.
"We’ve done this for a long time," Johnson said. "Now, it’s going to change when the competition ratchets up, but we’ve rushed for a lot of yards for a lot of years with a lot of different guys."
Betting Analysis: 65 percent of the betting public likes Georgia Tech to cover the spread in this Week 3 matchup despite being on the road and I agree. With Malik Zaire out for the Fighting Irish and Georgia Tech going 5-0 ATS in their last five games, I am picking the Yellow Jackets to beat the Fighting Irish and cover the 2-point spread. My final score prediction is Georgia Tech 27, Notre Dame 17 and the Under-55.
Backing up my selection for a Georgia Tech ATS cover is the fact are these four key trends.
- Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Yellow Jackets are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
Three more key Notre Dame trends also suggest a cover for the visiting Yellow Jackets.
- Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
- Fighting Irish are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Check out these three key Over/Under trends.
- Under is 17-6 in Fighting Irish last 23 vs. ACC.
- Under is 22-8 in Fighting Irish last 30 games following a S.U. win.
- Under is 29-14 in Fighting Irish last 43 home game