Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 354 ViewsOn 09/16/2013 11:38 AM in NCAA Football
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked 22nd in the latest college football rankings, but they have had moments where they did not look impressive. They cannot afford to play a lackluster game this weekend when they host the Michigan State Spartans.
Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds
The college football odds for this game opened up with the Fighting Irish listed as seven point favorites. The public sports betting fans are obviously not impressed with how Notre Dame has been playing because a first look at any consensus sites will show that over 70 percent of the wagers coming in up to this point is on the Spartans. Despite the lopsided action this line has yet to move and can still be found at seven points at most of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The undefeated Spartans come into this game looking for a signature win to add to their impressive start to the season. The one thing for sure is that this game will get physical with two very powerful teams.
Many feel this will be a real challenge for the irish considering Notre Dame’s schedule has included a home game against Temple and a trip to Purdue, it’s not exactly a week-to-week barrage of heavyweights. The trip to Michigan in the second week of the season is as tough as they come, but Temple is 95th in the nation in total offense and Purdue is 116th.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is using this game as a measuring stick and challenging his team to see just how good they are.
The college football betting trends are heavily in favor of the Spartans for this game. The Spartans are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
The Fighting Irish are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games in September, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. In previous meetings the road team is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the Spartans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Notre Dame.
Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.