N.C. State vs. Notre Dame preview: the Fighting Irish look to get back to .500 with a road trip to Raleigh.
On Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. E.T., the N.C. State Wolfpack host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Carter-Finley Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 57,583. The game will be broadcast on ABC. Read on for our N.C. State vs. Notre Dame preview.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, N.C. State has a 57-percent chance to defeat the Fighting Irish. The two programs have only played one time: the 2003 Gator Bowl, which the Wolfpack dominated 28-6. According to OddsShark, Notre Dame opened as a 2.5-point favorite in this one, but the line has flipped, and N.C. State is now a 2.5-point favorite.
Spread: N.C. State -2.5
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.
N.C. State vs. Notre Dame preview:
The season has not gone according to plan for Notre Dame. The season opening loss to Texas looks worse now that the Longhorns have struggled in recent weeks, and home losses to unimpressive Michigan State and Duke teams should be worrisome for Fighting Irish fans. Notre Dame beat Syracuse at MetLife Stadium last weekend after firing defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, but that end of the ball still has major questions.
N.C. State is 3-1, but the Wolfpack have not played a marquee opponent. Last weekend, the Wolfpack handed Wake Forest its first loss, but dropped a tricky game to ECU early in the year. N.C. State's offense has been effective this season. Ryan Finley has been a bright spot at quarterback, with an impressive 72.4-percent completion rate, 8.74 yards per attempt, nine touchdowns, and no interceptions. Veteran rusher Matt Dayes has 437 yards and three touchdowns, and averages 5.8 yards per carry.
N.C. State vs. Notre Dame prediction:
N.C. State's season has followed a similar pattern to recent seasons. The Wolfpack have rolled up some wins against weak opponents, lost to the biggest challenge on the schedule (ECU), and head into mid-season with more questions than answers. The numbers, especially on offense, look good, but it is really hard to gauge based on the competition. Notre Dame has a few bad losses, but the Fighting Irish should have the talent, and explosiveness on offense, to land this road win.
Notre Dame 38, N.C. State 31