The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face their first road test of the year as they travel to Raleigh NC to take on the NC State Wolfpack.
Notre Dame is preparing for their third game of the 2023 season this week. The Fighting Irish will be facing the NC State Wolfpack and a hostile crowd for their first road game of the year.
The Irish have allowed only six total points to their first two opponents this season, but undoubtedly the Wolfpack will be a step up from both Navy and Tennessee State.
NC State finished the 2022 season tied for fourth in the ACC Atlantic division with an 8-5 overall record, going 4-4 in the ACC. Their only contest in the 2023 season so far was a 24-14 win over UConn in a Thursday matchup last week.
Notre Dame vs NC State: How to Watch, Stream, and Series History
Date: Sept. 9, 2023
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium – Raleigh, NC
Kickoff Time: 12:00 PM ET
TV: ABC – Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline reporter)
Radio: ND Radio Network affiliates, (National) SiriusXM 84
Head coaches: NC State — Dave Doeren (73-54, 11th season); Notre Dame — Marcus Freeman (11-5, 2nd season)
Overall series history: NC State leads, 1-2
Last meeting: 10/28/2017, 35-14 Notre Dame
Notre Dame vs NC State injury report
The Wolfpack will be missing safety Rakeim Ashford who had to leave the team’s game last week after he was tackled illegally on a kickoff return against UConn. Offensive lineman Dawson Jaramillo underwent season-ending surgery.
Notre Dame has several players on the injury report. Running back Devyn Ford will miss this week’s game with a concussion. Defensive lineman Gabe Rubio and kicker Chris Salerno are both out indefinitely with a knee and leg injury, respectively. Wide receiver KK Smith is also indefinitely benched with a shoulder issue.
Irish tight end Eli Raridon is questionable for Saturday’s game with a knee issue.
All injury information via Covers.com
Notre Dame vs NC State odds and best bets
Currently, FanDuel Sportsbook has Notre Dame favored by 7.5 points and has the over/under set at 52.5. The moneyline has Notre Dame at -295 and NC State at +235.
If you’d like to check out some fun prop bets, Notre Dame running back Audric Estime is favored as the first touchdown scorer (+430), and he’s also favored to score two or more touchdowns in the game (+270).
Current odds for Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman to have three or more passing touchdowns sits at +260 if you are feeling adventurous.
Notre Dame vs NC State prediction
In the first two games, Notre Dame looks like they picked up exactly where they left off in the second half of the 2022 season. While the first two games haven’t exactly been against elite competition, the Irish played nearly flawless football and did exactly what they were expected to do.
NC State may be a slightly tougher opponent, particularly on defense, which has been their calling card for much of the Dave Doeren era. Hartman may not have quite as many easy throws at his disposal, so the Irish running game will need to be at peak performance level.
Barring a meltdown or a lot of unforced errors on the part of the Irish, this should be a game Notre Dame handles. With two top-flight defenses out there, the whole game may take only two hours to play.