Both teams are coming off losses so this is a critical game for both of them, especially Notre Dame since so much was expected of the Irish by those who make a college football bet.
NCAA football betting has Notre Dame as a 10-point favorite with a total of 55. The Spartans blew their game last week to Central Michigan as they couldn’t even recover an onside kick as they let Central Michigan find a way to beat them 29-27. The Irish lost 38-34 on a last second TD pass which could end up costing Notre Dame a big bowl game bid and ultimately head coach Charlie Weis his job.
Notre Dame has a 44-27-1 edge in the series against Michigan State, but the Irish have been routed in NCAA football betting in the last two meetings. Michigan State has averaged 35.5 points per game and more than 400 yards per game in the two NCAA football betting victories.
Michigan State definitely has an offense that can put points on the board. Their two quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, have combined for 7 TD passes. Michigan State’s problem is a defense that couldn’t slow down Central Michigan last week. They could have similar problems in this NCAA football betting game against Notre Dame.
This could be a high scoring NCAA football betting contest as Notre Dame is averaging more than 34 points per game. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen has completed 40-of-60 passes for 651 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Notre Dame’s defense last week was poor so Michigan State might have some success in this NCAA football betting matchup at the sportsbook.
NCAA football betting stats indicate that the Spartans are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Independents. The Spartans are 5-2 against the college football bet number in their last 7 games in September. The Spartans are 1-5 in NCAA football betting in their last 6 games on grass. The Spartans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 college football bet games as an underdog. The Fighting Irish are 2-5 in NCAA football betting in their last 7 non-conference games.
Looking at the NCAA football betting total at the sportsbook we see that the Under is 4-1 in the Spartans last 5 non-conference games. The Over is 18-7 in the Spartans last 25 games as a road underdog at the online sportsbook. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 college football bet meetings between the two teams.