NCAA point spread data shows that things could be looking up for Notre Dame. The Irish were 3-9 in terms of football spreads NCAA over/under numbers in 2007. Here are more NCAA point spread numbers from the 2007 Fighting Irish.
Charlie Weis has not done the job so far but many people like the recruits being brought in. 10 starters are back on offense and seven starters are back on defense according to football spreads NCAA stats. The schedule is far more favorable for the Irish than it was in 2007 according to NCAA point spread data. A big key for Notre Dame will be to establish Jimmy Clausen as a top quarterback. He must be protected much better and given some weapons to work with according to NCAA point spread experts.
There is no doubt that Notre Dame struggled mightily in 2007. They lost nine games for the first time in school history according to NCAA point spread data. They actually lost six straight at home according to NCAA point spread numbers. The offense only averaged 16 points per game according to NCAA point spread data. There were a lot of disappointments for Notre Dame but losing to Navy in triple overtime was a debacle considering they had not lost to Navy in more than 40 years.
The 2008 schedule starts with four of the first five games at home and the road games early are manageable according to football spreads NCAA data. The go to Michigan State, North Carolina and Washington. Overall, the NCAA point spread schedule shows that Notre Dame plays six teams that did not make a bowl game in 2007.
Some of the numbers from the 2007 Notre Dame team are shocking according to NCAA point spread data. The team was dead last in the nation in total yards per game according to NCAA point spread stats. That is an abomination and if Weis was not given such a huge contract he would already be gone. The defense was at least respectable as they were 44th in the country in total yards allowed according to NCAA point spread stats.