Week 9 College Football Breakdown with Joe Lisi: NC State vs. Notre Dame

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Joe Lisi

Friday, October 27, 2017 3:11 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 3:11 PM GMT

Week 9 College Football breakdown with Joe Lisi: This is the companion article to Joe's picks on the NC State vs. Notre Dame game on Saturday at 3:30 pm ET.

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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 

Line: Notre Dame -7.5

NC State won this game 10-3 last year in Raleigh in bad weather.

The Wolfpack have an extra week of preparation entering this game in South Bend and are averaging 177 rushing yards per game and 290 passing yards per game this year.

NC State quarterback Ryan Finley has completed 69% of his passes 1,968 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. Finley has made solid decisions in the pocket and seems to have a solid grasp of the offensive scheme. The Wolfpack have allowed 8 sacks as an offensive line unit this season and will challenge a Notre Dame front seven that has recorded 18 total sacks (5 last week vs. USC).

The Wolfpack are converting 41% of their third-down attempts this year and have three veteran wide receivers in Jaylen Samuels, Stephen Louis and Kelvin that have recorded 115 receptions for 1,352 yards with 7 touchdowns.

They will look to attack a Notre Dame defense that is giving up 235 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the Wolfpack are allowing 92 rushing yards per game and will look to contain Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Notre Dame is averaging 317 rushing yards per game with Wimbush rushing for 508 yards with 10 touchdowns.

The way to beat NC State is over the top of their secondary that is giving up 287 passing yards to opposing offenses. On the year, Notre Dame is averaging 157 passing yards per game with Wimbush completing 51% of his passes for 902 yards with 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

NC State does have a dominant pass rush led by defensive Bradley Chubb and has recorded 18 total sacks as a unit through 7 games (2.57 per game). Chubb leads the team with 6.5 and could be the X-factor this weekend in containing Brandon Wimbush on the perimeter of the defense.

Turnovers could be the difference this Saturday as NC State enters +8 in turnover margin while Notre Dame is +10 in turnover margin.

NC State has defeated 5 FBS opponents Marshall, Florida State, Syracuse, Louisville and Pitt with a combined overall record of 20-17 or .540%.

Notre Dame has defeated 6 FBS opponents Temple, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami (OH), North Carolina and USC with a combined overall record of 23-24 or .489%.

 

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