Last Updated on September 5, 2021
- Notre Dame is favored by 7.5 points on the spread and at -278 on the moneyline against Florida State. The total points are set to 55.5.
- The Fighting Irish made it all the way to the College Football Playoff before losing to Alabama in 2020.
- This will be Mike Norvell’s second year as head coach at Florida State. The Seminoles went 3-6 in his first season.
Notre Dame is coming off of a successful 10-2 season in which they made it to the College Football Playoff. They haven’t been able to get over the hump and win a national title, but they are hoping to change that this season.
Although the Fighting Irish are back to an independent schedule after joining the ACC for the COVID-19 season in 2020, they are playing five ACC opponents in 2021. It all starts with Florida State on Sunday. The Seminoles are trying to bounce back after last year’s disappointing 3-6 record.
Let’s take a closer look at Notre Dame vs. Florida State, complete with where to watch the game, betting odds, public trends, and a prediction.
How to Watch Notre Dame vs. Florida State Sunday
Notre Dame (0-0) @ Florida State (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 5th
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Broadcasters: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst), and Katie George (sideline)
Notre Dame vs. Florida State Betting Line
- Notre Dame is a 7.5-point favorite over Florida State.
- The Seminoles are +240 on the moneyline compared to the Fighting Irish at -278.
- The total is set to 55.5 points.
- Lines are subject to change throughout the week.
Public Betting Trends
The public betting report is out on Notre Dame-Florida State and the public seems to love the Fighting Irish. Despite the fact that they are favored by over a touchdown, the Irish account for more than two-thirds of the total handle on DraftKings Sportsbook. The public is going even bigger on Notre Dame on the moneyline, with 82% of the handle and 96% of the tickets on the Irish.
In terms of historical matchups, Florida State has the edge with a 6-4 record. However, the Fighting Irish have won their last two against the Seminoles, including a 16-point beatdown in 2020.
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) September 5, 2021
Notre Dame vs. Florida State Game Notes
Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell is looking to right the ship in year two at Florida State. He had a remarkably young team in 2020, but they will be a much more experienced group in 2020. Although Florida State hasn’t listed an official starting quarterback yet, it’s going to be Jordan Travis or McKenzie Milton. Is Norvell trying to play mind games with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly or is he still trying to figure out his decision? We will have to wait for Sunday to find out.
For the Irish, Jack Coan is taking over under center after Ian Book graduated and moved onto the NFL. Coan is coming in from Wisconsin after throwing for 2,727 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2019. The Notre Dame offense is going to be a much more traditional outfit with Coan under center. He doesn’t have the rushing ability that Book had. Although there might be a learning curve for Coan early on, he has enough experience to settle into the job.
The Irish defense is going to be a stout unit once again. They are returning a few key starters on that side of the ball, including Kurt Hinish, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Drew White, and Kyle Hamilton.
The fact that this game is being played in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee is a big boost for the Seminoles. With some uncertainty on that Notre Dame offense, a slow start could give Florida State an early lift.
Even though the Irish are favored by a decent margin in this game, going on the road to win any game in college football is a tall task. It’s made even tougher when you have to go into a place as rowdy as Doak Campbell. If nothing else, this will be an early test for Notre Dame to see if that No. 9 preseason ranking is legitimate.
Notre Dame vs. Florida State Week 1 Pick
Even though Notre Dame has to travel to Tallahassee for this one, it feels like a blowout is coming. Notre Dame gets well-deserved criticism for folding in big games, but this is not one of those games. Expect the Fighting Irish to dominate the line of scrimmage all day as they start off their season with a convincing win over Florida State.
Prediction: Notre Dame wins 38-17