Notre Dame continues to impress. Although they were a 10 point favorite against Temple, a lot of football handicappers thought that the Irish were vulnerable to losing straight up to the Owls in Week 9. Notre Dame did look like losers at a couple of points during that game. But, the Irish fought back to beat Temple. Now, Notre Dame faces sneaky good Pittsburgh in Week 10 and the NFL college football odds favor the Irish by 7.5-points to beat the Panthers.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs Pittsburgh Panthers College Football Week 10 Odds
What: No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (6-2)
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Weather: 60° F | Sprinkles Early
Spread: Notre Dame -7.5
Moneyline: Notre Dame -310 vs Pittsburgh +255
Game Total: 53.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Notre Dame vs Pittsburgh
Why Bet On 8 Notre Dame (-8.5) to Beat Pittsburgh
Notre Dame’s only loss on the season came to current College Football Playoff No. 1 Clemson.
Pittsburgh has a very good defense. We’ll get to why that gives the Panthers a shot against Notre Dame in the next section. But, as good as Pittsburgh’s defense is, it might not be as good as Notre Dame’s.
The Irish are allowing less than 200 yards passing and less than 170 yards rushing per game. Teams average less than 23 points per game against the Notre Dame D. The Irish have faced some pretty good offenses this season as well. Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech, USC, Clemson, Navy and Temple this season. When they held Georgia Tech to only 22 points, the Yellow Jackets were ranked in the Top 15 and a favorite to beat Notre Dame.
Pittsburgh’s offense, which isn’t very good, could have some trouble scoring points against such a great defense.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Pittsburgh Panthers 2-6 At Home since last season
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-2 As Favorite this season
- Pittsburgh Panthers 0-1 As Home Underdog since last season
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-4 O-U On Road since last season
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-5 O-U When Line is 50 to 60 since last season
- Pittsburgh Panthers 3-2-1 O-U When Line is 50 to 60 since last season
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-1 O-U When Line was 51.5 to 55.5 since last season
- Pittsburgh Panthers 2-0 O-U When Line was 51.5 to 55.5 since last season
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-1 O-U vs Teams Averaging <25 PPG since last season
- Pittsburgh Panthers 3-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging >32 PPG since last season
Why Bet On Pittsburgh to Beat 8 Notre Dame (-8.5)
The last four meetings have been decided by an average of 4.5 points.
Pittsburgh’s offense isn’t doing much these days. The Panthers are averaging 26.1 points and 364.9 yards per game on offense. If this were the NFL, those averages would be very good. Unfortunately in college, averages like that will lead to more losses than wins.
But, the Panthers have been winning more than losing. The reason for that is because of a stellar defense. Pittsburgh is allowing 327.9 yards per game on average and 22.1 points per game on average.
If those averages hold against Notre Dame, the Panthers might have a shot to win. But, those averages aren’t likely to hold. Notre Dame has one of the most dynamic offenses in football. The Irish should win this game handily. My final score prediction is Notre Dame 35, Pittsburgh 20.