Week 1 of NCAA football is nothing but exciting for fans of both the sport and betting and happening this Sunday is a contest between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Florida State Seminoles. The Fighting Irish returns from a strong 10-2 season and have secured double-digit wins in each of the last four seasons, making them a consistent side that can rival any of the top 25 teams.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles come from a relatively erratic season, finishing with a 3-6 record under second-year coach Mike Norvell. There’s plenty of ground to cover, but the new Florida State program seems to head in the right direction.
As the teams get ready to play their opener game, NitroBetting puts together the essential information you need to secure the best picks. This Notre Dame vs. Florida State preview tackles the event details, pivotal player and team data, the latest NCAAF odds, betting trends, and our very own expert betting predictions. Be sure to check the latest 2021 College Football odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Florida State Seminoles Game Information
- When: Sunday, September 5, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
- TV: ABC
- Radio: WSBT Radio 960-AM (Notre Dame) / Tallahassee at WWOF 103.1 (FSU)
- Live Stream: CBS Sports
- College Football Odds: Notre Dame (-6.5) / Florida State (+6.5)
Why Bet on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish?
Jack Coan, the former quarterback of the Wisconsin Badgers will be the man inheriting the role of Ian Book for the Fighting Irish. Giving him a helping hand is Kyren Williams, who returns after topping the offense with 1,100 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Additionally, the duo of Avery Davis and Michael Mayer did some damage and combined for 700 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.
Kyle Hamilton is at the helm of the defense after finishing last season with 63 tackles. Isaiah Foskey also made a statement last season as he had 4.5 sacks. Ultimately, the Fighting Irish have all the components to complete another deep playoff run. With a robust offense and reliable defense, they can fight for the 2021 NCAA National Championship title.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended their 2020 campaign averaging 33.4 points and 448.5 yards per game while allowing an average of 19.7 points and 343.6 yards per game. This propelled the team up to No. 4 in the AP Top 25, right behind Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Texas A&M.
Why Bet on the Florida State Seminoles?
Meanwhile, the Florida State Seminoles have Jordan Travis’ services at quarterback once again. After throwing for 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns, we expect him to be the heart and soul of the offense. Moreover, Travis also led his team with 500 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Working alongside him are Ontari Wilson and Carmen McDonald, returning after combining for 600 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Looking at the defense, Amari Gainer takes the spotlight following a 65-tackle season. Jarvis Brownlee Jr. also had one sack in their recent campaign and Travis Jay secured an interception. Florida State has seen better days since disappointing on offense and defense last season. Although they have one of the more reliable pass rushers in the league in defensive end Jermaine Johnson, we are yet to see the Seminoles challenge some of the bigger teams. By the end of their 2020 run, Florida State averaged 25.8 points and 396.7 yards per game while allowing an average of 36 points and 456.3 yards per game.
Notre Dame vs. FSU Betting Trends
- Notre Dame is 5-0 in their last 5 away games.
- Notre Dame is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 away games.
- The totals have gone under in 3 of Notre Dame’s last 5 games.
- Florida State is 3-2 in their last 5 home games.
- Florida State is 2-3 against the spread in their last 5 home games.
- The totals have gone over in 3 of Florida State’s last 5 games.
Notre Dame vs. FSU Expert Betting Predictions
Despite having the home-field advantage, the Seminoles have their work cut out for them as they take on a relatively stronger Fighting Irish side. Florida State faced several issues last year and finished the campaign with underwhelming numbers. With that said, Notre Dame enters the contest as the favorites. But don’t brush over the ability of the Seminoles to cover the spread. Once they start firing on all cylinders and get some traction early on, they can breathe down the necks of the Fighting Irish and keep the game close from start to finish.
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