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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs BYU Cougars Betting Matchup Report

BYU CougarsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
Oct 20, 3:30 PM | Grass of Notre Dame Stadium

BYU Cougars vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds


Undefeated Notre Dame, which stayed that way with a little help from the zebras Saturday vs. Stanford, look to get to 7-0 when it hosts 4-3 BYU this Saturday in South Bend (3:30 pm ET, NBC).

The Irish, off to their best start in over a decade, were early 14-point faves over the Cougars, who just got upset by Oregon State.

View BYU vs Notre Dame Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Cougars were listed as 14-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. The total was sitting at a low 39.5 Friday at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Fighting Irish at No. 4 and the Cougars at No. 28 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 37-31 result in favor of the Fighting Irish.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Notre Dame's No. 69-ranked offense (27.3 PPG) against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 7 at 13.6 PPG. The Fighting Irish passing attack has averaged 206.5 yards per game, more than the Cougars give up through the air (193 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cougars feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 82.5 yards per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, ranks No. 72 in rushing offense at home.

BYU lost its last outing, a 42-24 result against Oregon State on October 13. BYU failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 66 combined points took the game OVER the total. In BYU's last outing, Riley Nelson threw for 305 yards in a losing cause against the Beavers, 42-24 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 20-13 winner at home against Stanford. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (33) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Fighting Irish grabbed a Week 7 victory over the Cardinal in their last game, winning 20-13 at Notre Dame Stadium.

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 8-2
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 7-3

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 7-3

A few Cougars at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
BYU is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
BYU is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
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

Next up:
BYU at Georgia Tech, Saturday, October 27
Notre Dame at Oklahoma, Saturday, October 27