Notre Dame vs. Michigan Odds, Spread Picks, Score Prediction Week 2
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines both have to think that this is a year where they can contend for a spot in the college football playoff, and each made their case in Week 1 to be big time players for that honor. However, both are going to be facing much stiffer competition this week, and this is where the rubber will meet the road for the two clubs in a rare night game at Notre Dame, where the Irish are currently 5 point favorites.
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1. Why Notre Dame will cover the spread: QB Everett Golson looks really darn sharp. Granted, it was a game against Rice, but Golson threw for 295 yards and two TDs, and he rushed for three scores as well. If there was any fear of him having rust after a year away from the game, that fear has since been squashed. Golson is the real deal, and he has a strong team around him as well.
The Golden Domers don’t have that one receiver or that one back that can prove to give the Wolverines fits, but they do have a number of different players who can light it up. Heck, WR CJ Prosise only had one catch against Rice, but it went for 53 yards and a TD. Golson will use all of his weapons, and that will spread this Michigan defense all game long.
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2. Why Michigan will cover the spread: Save for the year that the Fighting Irish ran the table in the regular season and were a touched team, Michigan has had its way in this series. QB Devin Gardner has had some great games against Notre Dame, and he has a tremendous offensive line in front of him as well. Gardner went 13-of-14 against Appalachian State last week, and he was really never harassed by a Mountaineer defender.
TE Devin Funchess causes matchup nightmares all over the field, and we would be surprised if he didn’t find holes in this edition of the Notre Dame defense. Keep an eye on both RB Derrick Green and RB De’Veon Smith. These two could be the next big thing for the Wolverines, who are much faster and stronger than they were in years past.
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3. Total Talk: With all of the talk of how good these two offenses are, you’d figure that this is going to be a high scoring game. Indeed, the betting trends suggest just that. Five of the last seven these two have played at Notre Dame Stadium have gone past the ‘total’, and we have seen some wild endings to games in this rivalry that have produced tons of scores in the closing moments as well. Do keep in mind though, that Notre Dame has played six of its last eight games ‘under’ the closing number.
4. Betting Trends for the game: Notre Dame is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games overall, but it didn’t have a great season from a betting standpoint when Golson was the quarterback two seasons ago. The Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in the last seven in this series, and they could be poised for a big upset on the road.
Michigan 33 – Notre Dame 28