Free College Football Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9/24/22

Free College Football Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9/24/22
Fri 23rd September 2022

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0, 1-0 Home) will be looking to prolong their undefeated start when they welcome the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-2, 0-1 Away) at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Tar Heels are 1.5-point favorites, and the total is 55.5.Notre Dame is coming off a 24-17 win over California at Notre Dame Stadium last Saturday. Drew Pyne threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Audric Estime ran 18 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. He added three receptions for 43 yards. Chris Tyree caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. North Carolina beat Georgia State 35-28 at Center Parc Stadium on September 10. Drake Maye was 19 of 24 for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Omarion Hampton carried 16 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Kobe Paysour added a touchdown of his own. He had five receptions for 73 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Fighting Irish won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 44-34 victory in October. Jack Coan tossed one touchdown for Notre Dame, as Kyren Williams added a rushing TD.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Fighting Irish are averaging 18.3 points per game so far this season, 115th in FBS, and they are facing a Tar Heels defense that has surrendered 37.7 PPG (119th). Meanwhile, North Carolina has scored 51.3 points a game this season, sixth in the nation, and Notre Dame is allowing 21.3 PPG (53rd).The Fighting Irish rank 107th in the nation in passing yards per game (182.7) and 102nd in rushing (117.7). Look for them to exploit matchup advantages through the air and on the ground, as the Tar Heels are 112th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (275.3) and 111th against the run (193.0).North Carolina has been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, averaging 237.3 yards per game (13th), while ranking 21st in passing yards (310.0). The Fighting Irish are allowing 184.0 passing yards (34th) and 167.7 rushing yards per game (95th).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through two games, Tyler Buchner is averaging 189.0 passing yards per game to lead Notre Dame in passing. In one prior away game this season, he had zero TDs and 177 yards passing. Estime leads the team in rushing with an average of 43.3 yards a game over three games. He has two touchdowns on the ground. Lorenzo Styles is the Fighting Irish’s leading receiver with 50.7 yards a game. Maye has 11 passing touchdowns (1 INT) with 310.0 yards per game through three games to lead North Carolina. In one prior home game this season, he threw for five TDs and 294 yards. Hampton has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 76.0 yards a game through three games. He has five touchdowns. Paysour has been the primary target in the Tar Heels’ passing game. He has two touchdowns and a 57.3 yard per game average through three appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Notre Dame (+115)

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