Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Wolverines: Preview and Pick
5 Replies | 372 ViewsOn 09/02/2013 09:29 AM in NCAA Football
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish garnered an easy win in the first week of the college football season, but the competition is about to get much more difficult. In the second week of an already entertaining season of college football the Michigan Wolverines will host the Fighting Irish in a very big football game for both teams.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Wolverines Odds
The college football odds makers realize that this will be a very close game this weekend. The Wolverines opened up as a field goal favorite. The early betting action in this game is on the home team and the juice is starting to adjust to offset the action as this line can now be currently found at (-3, -125). Another thing to note is the fact that these teams genuinely do not like one another.
In fact Irish head coach Brian Kelly is questioning whether or not it is even a rivalry. "I really haven't seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries," Kelly said on a Sunday conference call, per the Chicago Tribune. "I've seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played." This could be in response to the fact that Michigan head coach Brady Hoke suggested that the Irish are “chickening out” of the series by limiting future meetings.
If the Irish want to stop the Wolverines they will need to bottle up Devin Gardner. Gardner was 10 of 15 for 162 yards with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon and two interceptions. The Irish defense looked beatable at time against Rice, but their offense looked promising as the focus of concern heading into the regular season.
Tommy Rees, who recaptured the starting quarterback job when Everett Golson was suspended from school, was 16 of 23 for 346 yards, his fourth career 300-yard passing day. That is reason enough to make fans optimistic for a big winning season in South Bend.
The college football betting trends in this game reveal some very interesting angles for sports bettors. The Irish are 1-6 straight up in the last seven road games against Michigan. The Wolverines are 13-5 straight up in the last 18 games and 5-0 straight up in the last five games on their home turf at Ann Arbor.
This will be a huge game for both schools as they will look for the signature victory early in the season to set the tone for the rest of the year.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Wolverines Pick
With plenty of time to go before game day, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to kickoff.