Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs North Carolina Tar Heels Recap for September 24th, 2022, 3:30PM ET
Notre Dame is playing North Carolina at the Kenan Memorial Stadium stadium on Saturday, 9/24/2022 @ 3:30pm EST. Notre Dame -1 was the opening favorite and current line is North Carolina -1.5.
Fighting Irish recorded their first win of the season
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish entered a new college football season with two losses, but they managed to beat the California Golden Bears at home. Although they didn't deserve to win as the visitors weren't a worse team, the Irish still prevailed 24-17.
Pyne completed 17 of 23 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Pyne's TD pass was caught by Chris Tyree, who led the team with 44 receiving yards on five receptions. On the ground, Audric Estime accumulated 76 yards over 18 carries and scored a touchdown with 76 yards. Six sacks were recorded by Notre Dame in this match, led by DL Jacob Lacey with two and Jayson Ademilola and Isaiah Foskey with 1.5 each. After sustaining a high-grade AC joint sprain in his shoulder, Tyler Buchner will miss the remainder of the season.
Tar Heels keep marching on
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the only one of two ACC Coastal teams without a loss yet, and after beating FAMU and Appalachian State, they beat the Georgia State Panthers on the road. Though the Tar Heels failed to cover a -7 spread, what's important is that they did win despite committing three turnovers against Georgia State's zero.
In the final 15 minutes, North Carolina scored a touchdown after leading by 21-10 at halftime. Drake Maye completed 19 of 24 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception to secure the win. Three Tar Heels rushing touchdowns were scored by the Tar Heels, as Kobe Paysour (73 yards on five receptions) and Kamari Morales (71 yards on three receptions) connected with Maye. With 110 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, Omarion Hampton led all runners. There were 24 tackles combined by Cedric Gray and Power Echols.
The status of WR Josh Downs, who sat out the last two games due to a lower-body injury, is uncertain for Saturday's game against Notre Dame. RB Caleb Hood is also questionable for Saturday's game against Notre Dame.
BETTING PREDITION: After losing starting QB Tyler Buchner to a season-ending injury, I doubt the Fighting Irish can compete with North Carolina’s high-octane offense that averages 51.3 ppg (7th in the country). Given that Notre Dame is scoring just 18.3 ppg, I am going with the home side that is among the top 20 in college football in both passing yards (310.0) and rushing yards (237.3). Drake Maye already has 930 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and just one interception, and I am backing him to have another strong showing on Saturday. Pick: Take the Tar Heels at -1.5 (-110)
Picks & predictions for Notre Dame vs North Carolina:
- Based on the current lines, Oddsmakers predict the score to be NOTRD 29.5, UNC 26.5.
- 65% of SportsJaw players predict North Carolina Tar Heels to cover.
- OddsShark's prediction is Notre Dame will win, cover the spread, and the total will go over.
- 68% on Covers pick North Carolina -1.5.
- SportsJaw's ScoreCaster prediction: Fighting Irish 24 to Tar Heels 28.
Notre Dame is ranked #122 in offense, #66 in defense and are ( ATS) in their games. North Carolina Tar Heels are #1 for offense, #129 for defense and ( ATS) . Notre Dame went 0-3 (0-3 ATS) in their last 3 matchups against North Carolina.
Betting on Notre Dame Fighting Irish +1.5
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
- 12-4 SU in their last 16 games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against North Carolina.
- 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against North Carolina.
Betting on North Carolina Tar Heels -1.5
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games.
- 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games against Notre Dame.
- 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home.
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