The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they square off in a Week 3 matchup between two to 20 teams looking to keep their hopes for an undefeated season alive and accompanying berth in the four-team playoff. Now, let’s find out if the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets can pull off the upset over the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish in this exclusive College Football betting preview.
How To Bet the Yellow Jackets @ Fighting Irish NCAA Football Odds & Game InfoDate/Time: Saturday, September 19, 3:30 PM ETLocation: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IndianaNCAAF Odds: Notre Dame -3.5Over/Under: 57.5
Why Bet on the Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsNo. 15 Georgia Tech (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) pounded the snot out of Tulane in its commanding 65-10 Week 2 win while easily cashing in as a 33-point home favorite. Dual-threat signal-caller Justin Thomas completed seven of nine passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 10 times for an additional 71 yards and one touchdown. Thomas went to the bench late in the third with the Yellow Jackets (2-0) leading 44-7. “I prefer to win every game 65-10,” head coach Paul Johnson said afterward. “But we’re definitely going to be stepping up the competition level.”The Yellow Jackets extended the nation’s longest streak of 250-yard rushing games to 15 in a row, finishing with 439 yards on the ground. “We’ve done this for a long time,” Johnson said. “Now, it’s going to change when the competition ratchets up, but we’ve rushed for a lot of yards for a lot of years with a lot of different guys.”
Why Bet on the Notre Dame Fighting IrishNo. 9 Notre Dame (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) picked up an absolutely thrilling win by beating Virginia 34-27 when backup quarterback DeShone Kizer came in for injured starter Malik Zaire and tossed a game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Irish to a thrilling 34-27 victory. While the Irish didn’t cover the college football betting line as a 13.5-point favorite, they have apparently found a new star in Kizer. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly called the win “bittersweet,” knowing his team will miss Zaire who is out for the season with a fractured ankle.While Kelly admitted that his young backup lacks experience, he did say, “Now, Deshone has to run our football team and we feel good about it. He’s got great weapons around him and we saw that tonight,” Kelly added.
My Expert Game Analysis, Predictions & Pick:65 percent of the betting public likes Georgia Tech to cover the spread in this Week 3 matchup despite being on the road and I agree with Malik Zaire out for the Fighting Irish and Georgia Tech going 5-0 ATS in their last five games. 58 percent of the betting public like the Over but I’m going with a pick for the Under seeing as how I expect Georgia Tech to control the clock with its run-first ball-control offense and Notre Dame likely being limited in some of the things they like to do offensively because of the loss of Malik Zaire.Backing up my selection for a Georgia Tech ATS cover is the fact are these four key trends.
- Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Yellow Jackets are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
- Fighting Irish are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 17-6 in Fighting Irish last 23 vs. ACC.
- Under is 22-8 in Fighting Irish last 30 games following a S.U. win.
- Under is 29-14 in Fighting Irish last 43 home game