No betting on college football matchup better illustrates college football than Michigan and Notre Dame. Indeed, the greatness of the sport is epitomized by such a showdown. From their helmets to their uniforms to their fight songs these rivals have unmatched tradition. In the same way their respective histories are epic. Best of all the Wolverines and Fighting Irish are picked for big things in 2018. Above all they are both mentioned as top contenders for the College Football Playoff. Balanced against that is the pressure both head coaches will be under. Specifically, patience is running thin for each.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
College Football Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Michigan||+1 (-110)||46½ (-110)|
|Notre Dame||-1 (-110)||46½ (-110)|
Michigan vs. Notre Dame TV Coverage: NBC
At the beginning Jim Harbaugh was celebrated as the savior of Michigan Football. Specifically, he was regarded as the Ultimate Michigan Man that would rescue the program from the abyss. To differentiate it was expected that the former Wolverine quarterback would restore toughness and physical football. Above all he would settle the quarterback issues that plagued the program. In sum the betting on college football have been mixed. Certainly, the stout Michigan defense has been tough as nails. Balanced against that is an offense that has been the source of considerable frustration. Specifically, quarterback play has been subpar.
Compared to other positions it was assumed Harbaugh would have great quarterbacks. Above all this has been the Achilles Heel of the Michigan program. Now Shea Patterson is touted as the answer. The transfer from Ole Miss does offer more versatility than previous Harbaugh signal callers. Additionally, the offensive line play has not improved under Harbaugh. New O-Line coach Ed Warinner has been tabbed to get it right.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Brian Kelly cooled off his very hot seat last year with a 10-3 record. In fact, the Fighting Irish were ranked third in the country last November. Cause by getting ambushed at Miami ended their playoff hopes. Star running back Josh Adams will be missed. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush must add consistency to his portfolio. Take the case of his 49.5 pass completion rate. Counter to that was an impressive 76 percent TD rate in the red zone. Most of all the Irish defense showed great improvement last year. Of major concern is a secondary ineffective at forcing interceptions.
Team vs Team
Michigan has not been a good online betting value in closely lined road games. To show the Wolverines have paid in just three of their last eight road tilts with a line of seven points or less. Alternatively, Notre Dame has covered their last two home games with a line of a TD or less. Overall Notre Dame has paid in six of their last eight home games with Michigan.
Matchup to Watch
Though this may be the game of the week questions remain about both teams. Starting with Michigan’s offensive line and Patterson. Simultaneously Notre Dame’s ground game and defense have much to reveal. What’s more is the mentality of both teams with coaches feeling full blast pressure. For this reason, home field may prove to be the Betting on college football matchup difference.
Michigan vs. Notre Dame Betting Odds Picks
Summing up, Touchdown Jesus should shine upon the Irish in this prime time classic!
Michigan vs. Notre Dame Betting Online Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Michigan vs. Notre Dame Betting Online Score Prediction: Notre Dame 20, Michigan 17
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