Saturday, October 18, 8 PM. ET, Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FloridaThe Fighting Irish are back in the top 10, thanks in part to the return of quarterback Everett Golson, who missed all of last season while serving an academic suspension. They have played only one ranked team this year, in what was a very close game, and will be facing their toughest challenge of the year. If they can get a win against the Seminoles, they will improve their chances of making the playoffs. The Seminoles lost their number one ranking because of the impressive performance of Mississippi State, who knocked off three top 10 teams in consecutive weeks. They have not been as dominant as they were last year, on their way to winning the championship, but they have managed to do enough to win all their games so far.
Betting Preview & Game OddsThe Irish have one of the best defenses in the country, and have allowed opponents to score 17 points per game, which is 8th in the nation. They gave a terrible defensive performance last week against the North Carolina Tar Heels, allowing 43 points in the game, and will need a better defensive performance, if they plan to beat the Seminoles. On offense, they throw for 280 yards per game, which is 34th best in the country, they run for 163 yards per game, which is 69th best in the country, and they score 34 points per game, which is 40th in the country. The Seminoles will always have a chance to win every game they’re in, as long as Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston is behind center. They will try to regain their number one ranking with a victory over the Fighting Irish, but will be in for the toughest game of their season, because the Irish are also trying to make a statement with a win, over the defending champions. The Seminoles have a very good passing game, and are averaging 324 yards per game, which is 13th in the country, their running game needs some work; they are currently averaging 138 yards per game, which is 98th in the country.
- The Seminoles are favored to win this game by 12 points.
- Florida State is 1-5 ATS so far this season, while Notre Dame is 4-2 ATS.
- Florida State is 3-1 straight up against Notre Dame, and 2-2 ATS in four games.
- Notre Dame is 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games.
- Florida State is1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Florida State is 15-6 ATS in their last 21 home games, and 5-0 straight up in their last 5 home games.
- Notre Dame is 8-3 straight up in their last 11 road games.