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College Football Betting Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. NC State Wolfpack

September 9, 2023


The 13th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina this week to take on the NC State Wolfpack. This game is slated to take place on Saturday, September 9, 2023, with a kickoff time of 12:00 PM. 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have started the season off 2-0 following a win in week 0 against the Navy Midshipmen by a score of 42-3 and a win in week 1 at home against Tennessee State, an FCS opponent, by a score of 56-3 while also covering the spread as a 48.5-point favorite. 

The Fighting Irish scored 56 points against the Tennessee State Tigers while compiling 557 total yards offensively which included 336 passing yards and 221 rushing yards while allowing 3 points and allowing a total of 152 total yards defensive which included 67 passing yards and 85 rushing yards. 

Sam Hartman led the team in passing completing 14 of 17 attempts for 194 yards with two touchdowns while rushing for 14 yards and a touchdown on four attempts. Audric Estime led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. Jayden Thomas led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 62 yards.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack enter this game with a record of 1-0 after winning in week 1 on the road against the UConn Huskies by a score of 24-14, however, the Wolfpack did not cover the spread as a 14.5-point favorite. The Wolfpack scored 24 points against the Huskies while compiling 364 total yards offensively which included 155 passing yards and 209 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 273 total yards defensively which included 113 passing yards and 160 rushing yards. 

Brennan Armstrong led the team in passing completing 17 of 26 attempts for 155 yards while also leading the team in rushing with 96 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 19 attempts. Kevin Concepcion led the team in receiving, catching four of five targets for 36 yards.

BookMaker has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish listed as 7.5-point favorites on the road against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday in week 2 of the college football season. North Carolina State has won two of the three games all-time in the series while going 2-1 ATS in those contests with the last game between the two schools coming in 2017 which resulted in a 35-14 win and a 7-point cover as a favorite for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

Notre Dame is 2-0 ATS overall and 2-0 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last season with a record of 7-6 ATS overall, 3-1 ATS on the road, and 3-5 ATS as a favorite while the North Carolina State Wolfpack are 0-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 4-9 ATS overall, 3-4 ATS at home, and 2-3 ATS as an underdog.

Notre Dame is the more talented team this season and enters this game 2-0 ATS overall and 2-0 ATS as a favorite while North Carolina State’s struggles at covering the spread continue this season as the Wolfpack are 0-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 4-9 ATS overall. 

I look for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to remain undefeated with a win and a cover on the road against the North Carolina Wolfpack which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7 on BookMaker for this matchup in week 2 of the college football season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7