College Football Betting Likes Notre Dame in Week 2
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
This weekend, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be hosting the Georgia Bulldogs and sports wagering sites are predicting a contentious match. Out of the 20+ games the NCAA has for this weekend, this match is worth paying special heed to.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Sat., September 9th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
Stream: NBC Sports
College Football Betting Lines:
Georgia Bulldogs +4 (-110) 57 ½ (-110) +160
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -4 (-110) 57 ½ (-110) -185
The Bulldogs are coming off an 8-5 (4-4 in SEC play) season that saw the program finish 3rd in the East Division. It was the program’s first season under the Kirby Smart era and all things considered, Georgia could’ve fared a little better. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs were at the very least able to close out the season on a high note, since the program picked up a 31-23 win over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
Smart returns to lead the Bulldogs in his second season at the helm. Smart is joined by offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker – both of whom are in their second season with Georgia. Smart and company got an opportunity to display their prowess in Week 1 when the Bulldogs faced the Appalachian State Mountaineers and they certainly didn’t miss the opportunity.
Georgia started strong against Appalachian State, finding the end zone first and scoring 31 unanswered points. The Mountaineers had to get to the 4th quarter before finding the end zone. The Bulldogs would go come out on top 31-10.
Besides outscoring their opponent, Georgia had little difficulty outgaining Appalachian State. Georgia earned 368 yards of total offense while the Mountaineers only gained 284.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
In 2016, despite their best efforts, the Fighting Irish would go on to finish the season with a lowly 4-8 record. Bering an independent, Notre Dame doesn’t compete in a conference. However, out of the 4 independent programs in Division I football, Notre Dame delivered the 3rd worst record.
Brian Kelly returns to lead the Irish in his 8th season at the helm. Kelly is joined by 1st year offensive coordinator Chip Long and 1st year defensive coordinator Mike Elko. Despite the fresh faces, the entire Notre Dame program seemed to be on the same page in their 2017 opener against the Temple Owls.
Notre Dame gave the Owls a massive college football betting beating 49-16. The Fighting Irish outranked Temple in all phases of the game, outgaining them 606-330 in total offensive yards. The one aspect of the game the Owls did have an advantage in is time of possession. Temple finished with 33 minutes to the Notre Dame’s 26. However, that only goes to show that the Irish were much quicker in executing their offense.