On Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0) will host the Florida State Seminoles (4-5). With Notre Dame looking like National Championship contenders and Florida State still hoping to get two more wins to become bowl eligible, it’s not much of a surprise that the Irish are heavy favorites heading into the matchup inside Notre Dame Stadium.
According to OddsShark.com, Notre Dame is an 18-point favorite over Florida State. The Irish are coming off a 31-21 victory on the road over Northwestern, while the Seminoles lost another road test against North Carolina State, 47-28.
Regarding the tale of the tape, let’s take a look at the statistical difference between both teams. Notre Dame is averaging 34 points per game, while Florida State is sitting at 24. The Seminoles have the advantage in passing yards 283 to 268, but that number would likely be slightly different if quarterback Ian Book got the starting nod from day one. Notre Dame leads in rushing yards per game 181 to 77. In addition, the Fighting Irish are averaging six yards per play, while the Seminoles are averaging five.
During its 9-0 start, Notre Dame has quality wins over Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Northwestern. Florida State’s four wins have come against Samford, Northern Illinois, Louisville and Wake Forest. The losses have come from Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Miami, Clemson and most recently, the Wolfpack.
Let’s dive into the stats. Quarterback Ian Book is 152 of 204 (74.5 percent) for 1,824 yards, 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Running back Dexter Williams leads the way with 93 carries for 568 yards and 8 scores. Wide receiver Miles Boykin has 40 catches for 624 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, linebacker Te’von Coney has 80 total tackles. Defensive end Khalid Kareem leads the way with 9 tackles for loss. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery is on top with 6 sacks. Safety Jalen Elliott has the lead with 3 interceptions.
For Florida State, quarterback Deondre Francois is 170 of 281 (60.5 percent) for 2,027 yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. However, if he can’t go due to an injury, James Blackman could get the call. He is 33 of 51 (64.7 percent) for 510 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception. Running back Cam Akers leads the way with 121 carries for 494 yards and 3 scores. Wide receiver Nyqwan Murray has 42 catches for 571 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wide receiver Tamorrion Terry leads the way in touchdowns with 7. Defensively, safety Hamsah Nasirildeen has 72 total tackles. Defensive end Brian Burns leads the way with 13.5 tackles for loss. He also is on top with 9 sacks. Defensive backs A.J. Westbrook, Stanford Samuels and Kyle Meyers each have 2 interceptions to their credit.
Notre Dame and Florida State will kickoff at 7:30 pm ET and the game will be aired on NBC.
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