Notre Dame Fighting Irish, coming off maybe the biggest win for their program in a couple decades, look to stay perfect when they host the Pitt Panthers Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, NBC).
The 8-0 Irish, who just beat Oklahoma in Norman, were early 17-point favorites over the 4-4 Panthers, who have won their last two games.
Pitt has played six straight road UNDERs, and are 7-1 ATS in their past 8 games as a double-digit underdog. [ Database results | Best Pitt line as of Friday? ]
Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup, the Fighting Irish sat as 18.5-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, was 45.5 at as of Friday.
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 3-rated Fighting Irish and the No. 25-rated Panthers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 38-29 win for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Notre Dame's No. 76-ranked offense (26.4 PPG) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 33 at 21.8 PPG. The Fighting Irish passing attack has averaged 193.2 yards per game, less than the Panthers give up through the air (198.9 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Panthers feature the league's No. 73-rated road run defense, allowing 182.7 yards per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, ranks No. 45 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 47-17 winner at home against Temple. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (64) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Tino Sunseri led the way last time out for the Panthers, connecting for 321 passing yards and a 47-17 victory over the Owls at Heinz Field.
In their last action, Notre Dame was a 30-13 winner on the road against Oklahoma. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (43) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Fighting Irish grabbed a Week 9 victory over the Sooners in their last game, winning 30-13 at Memorial Stadium.
Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing in November are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 5-5
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 8-2
A few Panthers at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing Notre Dame
Pittsburgh is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Notre Dame
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Notre Dame's last 5 games
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Notre Dame's last 5 games at home
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