Virginia Cavaliers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

Virginia Cavaliers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Predictions and Odds

Find the latest odds for Virginia Cavaliers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish below. The odds are provided by New Jersey sportsbooks 888Sport NJ, DraftKings, and Unibet NJ.

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Money Line

SportsbookVirginiaNotre Dame
888Sport NJ+350-530
DraftKings+360-500
Unibet NJ+350-530

Point Spread

SportsbookVirginia

+12.5

Notre Dame

-12.5

888Sport NJ-114-114
DraftKings-110-110
Unibet NJ-114-114

How to Watch Virginia Cavaliers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Where: Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN.

When: Saturday, September 28th at 3:30 pm

How (TV): NBC

Virginia Cavaliers (Away)

Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall {All-Time: 119-65 | BYU, UVA}

Regular Season Record: 4-0

The Cavaliers enter this game with a 4-0 start for the first time since 2004 when they had Al Groh roaming the sidelines. Two head coaching changes later, Virginia has emerged as an ACC Coastal Division contender, with wins over ACC foes Florida State and Pittsburgh. Their perfect record has not come without scares, as evidenced in last week’s game against Old Dominion.

Virginia managed to overcome a 17 point deficit against the Monarchs, scoring 28 unanswered points to win the game despite being out-gained 270-244 in total yardage. Both sides of the ball played key roles in the victory, as starting quarterback Bryce Perkins threw a touchdown pass to senior receiver Joe Reed, while also running in for a score. Junior linebacker Zane Zandier brought the Hoos to within three points after tallying a 22-yard pick-six off of ODU quarterback Stone Smartt.

Coach Mendenhall’s squad will now look to disrupt Notre Dame’s balanced offense, as the Cavaliers and their 29th ranked scoring defense have surrendered just 188.8 passing and 75 rushing yards per game thus far.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Home)

Head Coach: Brian Kelly {All-Time: 115-58 | CMU, CIN, ND}

Regular Season Record: 2-1

Despite being two-touchdown underdogs to Georgia last week, the Irish were able to keep up with the Bulldogs before losing 23-17 in Athens. The Golden Domers will look to get back on track against another ranked opponent in Virginia, who could be the toughest opponent left on Notre Dame’s schedule, given the struggles of USC and Michigan.

With their rushing attack only able to muster 46 yards on the ground against Georgia, Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long had to lean heavily on quarterback Ian Book’s arm. The senior signal-caller went to tight end Cole Kmet early and often, with the six-foot-six 255 pound target pulling in nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, Book also hurt his team by throwing interceptions to J.R. Reed and Divaad Wilson.

For more on Notre Dame, check out our 2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team Preview.

Virginia vs Notre Dame All-Time Series

The Irish and Cavaliers have met just twice prior to Saturday’s game, with Notre Dame winning both matchups. The last time the two schools faced off was in 2015 in Charlottesville, where coach Kelly’s ninth-ranked squad escaped with a 34-27 win. Current Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller was the hero for Notre Dame, hauling in two touchdown passes from Malik Zaire, including the game-winner with 12 seconds left in the game.

Virginia Roster Notes

Redshirt freshman quarterback Brennan Armstrong is out indefinitely with a toe injury.

Junior cornerback Darrius Bratton is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered during preseason camp.

Notre Dame Roster Notes

Sophomore linebacker Jeremiah Owusu is questionable to play against Virginia as he is experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

Sophomore receiver Braden Lenzy is questionable to play against Virginia as he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms that held him out against Georgia.

Junior receiver Michael Young has been upgraded to probable as he is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in preseason camp.

Sophomore running back Jahmir Smith has been upgraded to probable as he is recovering from a toe sprain suffered during Notre Dame’s bye week.

Sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong is not expected to play against Virginia due to a groin injury suffered against Louisville. Coach Kelly expects Armstrong to be back for Notre Dame’s game against USC on October 12th.

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Head-to-Head: Bryce Hall (UVA) vs Chase Claypool (ND)

The matchup to keep an eye on in this game will be on passing plays, as Virginia’s shutdown corner Bryce Hall will likely line up across from Notre Dame’s top perimeter target in Chase Claypool. With each of these players likely representing their schools on Sundays next year, whoever comes out on top in this matchup should wind up being a difference-maker in Saturday’s game.

Bryce Hall

Cornerback | 6-1, 200lb | Bishop McDevitt HS | Harrisburg, PA | Senior
After arriving in Charlottesville as a two-star recruit, Bryce Hall has evolved into an All-American corner. With just five career interceptions, it did not take long for opposing quarterbacks to shy away from Hall’s side of the field. Some detractors attribute his success to Virginia’s zone heavy defensive scheme, although his size provides scouts with intrigue that he can excel in other coverage schemes, particularly press coverage.

Chase Claypool

Wide Receiver | 6-5, 229lb | Abbotsford HS | Abbotsford, BC, Canada | Senior
One of the best college football recruits to come out of Canada, Chase Claypool has become Ian Book’s top outside target. After having to share touches with Alize Mack and Miles Boykin, while playing with a run-oriented quarterback in Brandon Wimbush, Claypool finally has an opportunity to shine in the Irish offense. Although his lack of elite speed prevents him from easily getting separation from defenders, his immense size allows him to win jump balls. Unlike most big receivers, however, the Canadian has shown an ability to run a variety of routes, making him more appealing in the eyes of NFL scouts.

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