Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Arizona State Sun Devils: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 203 ViewsOn 09/29/2013 12:25 PM in NCAA Football
The college football schedule for week six, features one team that is still trying to find their identity and where they fit in the college football landscape. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to play the Arizona State Sun Devils, and after a tough loss against the Oklahoma Sooners, the Irish know that they have to play well against this Pac 12 opponent.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Arizona State Sun Devils Odds
The college football odds for this game opened up with the Sun Devils as (-6.5) point favorites. This is due to the combination of how bad the Irish played and how good the Sun Devils looked against the Trojans. The Irish also will have to do some traveling to play this game.
The Sun Devils are off a big win that ultimately got USC Coach Lane Kiffin fired. Behind Taylor Kelly and Marion Grice, the Sun Devils racked up 612 total yards against a defense that had not allowed more than 285 yards or 14 points this season. USC allowed 479 yards its previous two games combined. Now that same offense will look to beat up an Irish defense that has had problems early in the season, but is starting to improve.
Although the Irish gave up a whopping 212 yards on the ground, the Irish forced Oklahoma to spread the ball around quite a bit to maintain any rhythm. Blake Bell was held to 59 yards, and the Irish gave up only one rushing touchdown to the Sooners. They will need to have that same intensity if they want to take down the Sun Devils.
The college football betting trends for this game unveil some interesting betting angles that may just put some cash in your pocket. The Sun Devils are 6-1 straight up in the last seven games overall and they are a perfect 5-0 at home in the last five games in front of the home fans. Notre Dame is 15-3 straight up in the last 18 games overall, however they are a horrible bet of late going 0-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last five games. The total has gone under in 15 of the last 21 games that the Irish have played in, but the over in 5 of the last 6 games the Sun Devils have played at home.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Arizona State Sun Devils 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.