Vanderbilt vs Notre Dame NCAA Football Week 3 Spread & Analysis

Vanderbilt vs Notre Dame NCAA Football Week 3 Spread & Analysis

Written by on September 13, 2018

The Vanderbilt Commodores will look to pull off the big upset to remain unbeaten when they visit the eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a intriguing Week 3 matchup on Saturday. Now, let’s find out if Notre Dame can keep its championship hopes intact by getting the win and whether the Irish can cover the chalk.

Vanderbilt vs Notre Dame NCAA Football Week 3 Spread & Analysis

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM ET Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana TV: NBC Radio: TuneIn Live Stream: NCAA Football Odds: Notre Dame -13.5 Total: 52

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 27°C/80°F
  • Humidity: 61%
  • Precipitation: 2%
  • Wind: 6 mph ENE
  • Cloud Cover: 10%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet on the Vanderbilt Commodores?

Vanderbilt smacked Middle Tennessee around in their opener 35-7 two weeks ago and then improved to  2-0 on the season by pounding Nevada en route to a convincing 41-10 win on Saturday. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur completed 23 of 32 passes for 258 yards with two TD passes while running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn rushed 11 times for 93 yards and two scores. “We did a solid job (in the first half),” head coach Derek Mason said. “But we have to take the care of the football. … We did a better job (in the second half), we had more energy and the engine started to run.” Vanderbilt scored on three straight drives to open the second half to put the Wolf Pack away.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 38
  • Total Yards: 407
  • Pass Yards: 220
  • Rush Yards: 187
  • Average Score Against: 8.50
  • Total Yards: 272
  • Pass Yards: 197
  • Rush Yards: 75

Why Bet on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish?

Notre Dame put the clamps on Michigan in their 24-17 Week 1 win over Michigan and then they did the same thing to Ball State in their 24-16 Week 2 win as quarterback Brandon Wimbush passed for 297 yards, but tossed three costly interceptions in the win. Running back Jafar Armstrong rushed 13 times for 66 yards and one touchdown while fellow back Tony Jones Jr. rushed 13 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns. The Irish picked off Ball State’s Riley Neal twice in the win. Still, head coach Brian Kelly wasn’t very happy afterward. “I obviously didn’t do a good enough job getting them up to play at the level they need to play,” Kelly said. “Ball State did a great job coming into this game and doing what it needed to do. Their preparation was great, their coaching was better.”

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 24
  • Total Yards: 358
  • Pass Yards: 233.50
  • Rush Yards: 124.50
  • Average Score Against: 16.50
  • Total Yards: 328
  • Pass Yards: 214.50
  • Rush Yards: 113.50

Vanderbilt vs Notre Dame Latest NCAA Football Betting Trends

  • Vanderbilt is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Vanderbilt is 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Vanderbilt’s last 6 games
  • Notre Dame is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 games
  • Notre Dame is 11-2 SU in the last 13 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games

Score Prediction & Prediction for Vanderbilt vs Notre Dame

The Irish are playing very well defensively, but Brandon Wimbush has struggled for parts of both games this season and that makes me believe that Vanderbilt and their improving program are the pick to cover the chalk in a narrow loss. While the Fighting Irish have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, but Notre Dame is also an uninspiring 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. On the flip side of the coin, Vanderbilt is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game. I’m going with the Commodores to cover the chalk – and push the Irish for the outright win! NCAA Football Week 3 Pick: Notre Dame 27 Vanderbilt 21