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Camping World Bowl 2019 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Two Powerful Offenses Clash

Camping World Bowl predictionOur 2019 Camping World Bowl prediction has Notre Dame at -4.0. This 2019 Camping World Bowl pick has an over/under of 54.5. This game is one of two with a kickoff time of noon on Saturday, December 28. The other game with a noon start time is the Cotton Bowl with the Penn State Nittany Lions and Memphis Tigers. There’s a total of four games being played on Saturday. The Camping World Bowl will be played at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The #15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) finished at the top of the heap amongst Independents. The Liberty Flames were second with an 8-5 mark. The Iowa State Cyclones (7-5) finished third in the Big 12 with a 5-4 record. Three other teams were tied with the Cyclones. Those teams were #25 Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Texas.

2019 Camping World Bowl Prediction – Regular Season

Notre Dame lost two games all season. On September 21, the #3 Georgia Bulldogs beat the Irish 23-17. On October 26, the #15 Michigan Wolverines beat Notre Dame 45-14. The Fighting Irish took down the #18 Virginia Cavaliers 35-20 and #23 Navy Midshipmen 52-20.

Our 2019 Camping World Bowl prediction observes that Iowa State went 4-2 in their first six games. The second half of the season, they recorded a 3-3 mark. Of the three top 25 teams they played last season, ISU was 1-2. In the second week of the season, the Cyclones lost to rival #19 Iowa 18-17. On November 9, the #9 Oklahoma Sooners nudged ISU 42-41. The next week, Iowa State beat #19 Texas 23-21. ISU finished the season with a loss to Kansas State 27-17.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Iowa State Cyclones – Stats

The Fighting Irish averaged 37.1 PPG, while the Cyclones averaged 34.1 PPG. In the regular season, the Notre Dame defense allowed 18.7 PPG. On the other hand, ISU gave up 25.3 PPG. The combined PF/PA differential comes out in the Irish’s favor by 9.6 points.

On offense, Notre Dame offers a balanced attack as they’re averaging 252.6 YPG in passing and 176.6 YPG in rushing. ISU leans on its air game more, as they’re putting up 318.8 air YPG and 140.3 ground YPG. On defense, The Irish are allowing total of 324.YPG with just 163.7 2 in the air. Of the 362.2 total YPG given up by ISU, 228.3 are in the air.

Notre Dame at Iowa State – Players

The Fighting Irish bring both a sound air and ground attack. Plus, they possess a fine defense that can keep the team in the game. ISU has a skilled quarterback and solid pass attack. Plus, their ground game is efficient. However, Iowa State’s their defense is worrisome.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

QB Ian Book has 2,787 yards, 33 TD passes, and six INTs. He’s completing 59.3% of his passes and has been sacked 14 times. Along with his passing stats, Book has rushed for 516 yards and four TDs. He’s averaging 4.9 YPA. Book’s favorite receiver is Chase Claypool. He has 59 catches, 891 yards, and a dozen TD receptions. RB Tony Jones Jr. is averaging 5.4 YPA. He’s got five TD rushes and 722 yards.

Our 2019 Camping World Bowl prediction notes that Notre Dame brings some solid D stats to this game. The team has 30 sacks, 40 PD, and nine sacks. They’ve forced 18 fumbles and recovered 17. The defense also has one pick six. DB Kyle Hamilton comes with four picks and six PD. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and DE Khalid Kareem each have 5.5 sacks.

Iowa State Cyclones

For ISU, sophomore QB Brock Purdy is sound. This season, he’s passed for 3,760 yards and 27 TDs. Purdy has tossed nine picks and been sacked 13 times. He’s completing 66.3% of his passes. And although he has not racked up ground yards. Purdy does have eight rushing TDs. WR Deshaunte Jones has the most catches on the team with 72, while TE Charlie Kolar, who has 48 receptions, has caught seven scoring passes. RB Breece Hall has rushed for 842 yards on 169 carries. Breece, who’s averaging 5.0 YPA, has scored nine times.

The Iowa State Cyclones come to this game with 27 sacks, 53 PD, and 10 FF. They have made only six picks. However, one of those interceptions went for a TD. LB O’Rien Vance leads the team with 6.5 sacks. DBs Greg Eisworth and Anthony Johnson each have 10 PD.

Five Keys to the Game

Our 2019 Camping World Bowl prediction offers the following keys to this game:

  1. Notre Dame tested by a tough season
  2. ISU struggled against better teams
  3. Passing percentage success rate goes to ISU QB
  4. Irish bring much better D than Cyclones
  5. Iowa State’s secondary worrisome

Our 2019 Camping World Bowl Prediction

Our 2019 Camping World Bowl prediction sees this game as coming down to a few factors. With two offenses that are fairly evenly matched, defense becomes very important. The Irish take the edge there. They are deeper and more accomplished on defense. Also, Notre Dame has done better against tough opponents. We like the Fighting Irish at -4.0. Despite ND’s stingy defense, we’re leaning toward the over. We expect these two teams to put up some points, ISU has too good of an offense not to make a game of this.

Camping World Bowl Prediction – Summary

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at -4.0 and over 54.2


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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