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New Mexico Lobos Vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish NCAAF Betting Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
New Mexico Lobos Vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish NCAAF betting odds, picks and game preview

At the beginning of the season, New Mexico head coach Bob Davie was looking forward to his return to Notre Dame. Davie once coached the Fighting Irish with mixed results and was eager awaken the echoes. However, Davie can’t make the sidelines due to a medical issue a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps it’s for the best. New Mexico will be a strong college football betting underdog when they take the field at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Consider the Fighting Irish are coming off a playoff season. Head coach Brian Kelly has methodically built Dame to contend.

New Mexico Lobos Vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

When: Saturday, September 14, 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
TV: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports
New Mexico Lobos Vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
New Mexico +34½ (-110) +8500
Notre Dame -34½ (-110) -23000
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New Mexico Lobos

Last week New Mexico was on a bye week after a 39-31 win over Sam Houston State. Results for Davie at New Mexico have been a mixed bag. The program peaked in 2015 and 2016 with bowl berths. However, the Lobos slipped with consecutive 3-9 seasons after that. Additionally, Davie had to fight off charges that he was abusing players. Since Rocky Long’s departure after the 2008 season, the Lobos have struggled to maintain a competitive program. Subsequently, their matchup for Notre Dame is not appealing. New Mexico is outmanned in every category.

Players to Watch: QB Brandon Hughes (41% COMP, 218 YDS, 7.5 AVG, 0 TD, 0 INT, 104.5 RTG), QB Sheriron Jones (55% COMP, 122 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT, 147.7 RTG, 6 ATT, 35 YDS, 5.8 YPC, 2 TD), Ahmari Davis (16 ATT, 107 YDS, 6.7 YPC, 2 TD, 2 REC, 62 YDS, 20.7 AVG, 0 TD), PK Andrew Shelley (3-4 XP, 4-4 FG)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

First-week results were encouraging for Notre Dame. To show the Fighting Irish scored a 35-17 win at hard fighting Louisville. Quarterback Ian Book took over after a couple of lackluster games last year and has proven to be the answer. The book plays with a combination of maturity and smarts that is perfect for Notre Dame. Kelly was inconsistent in his early years as coach. But his recruiting has been effective and has built up quality depth. To be exact the Fighting Irish are now poised to be a consistent playoff contender.

Players to Watch: QB Ian Book (193 YDS, 60.9% COMP, 8.4 AVG, 1 TD, 0 INT, 145.7 RTG, 14 RSH, 81 YDS, 1 TD), RB Tony Jones Jr (15 ATT, 110 YDS, 7.3 YPC, 1 TD, WR Chase Claypool (5 REC, 94 YDS, 18.8 YPC, 0 TD)

New Mexico Lobos vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Numbers

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New Mexico Lobos

2-5 ATS as a road dog
5-1 over the total getting points away from home
1-4 ATS getting 10 or more points on the road
4-1 over the total as a double-digit road dog
2-4 ATS vs. Independent schools
4-0 over the total vs. Independents
1-2 ATS on the road vs. Independent programs

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6-5 ATS as a favorite at Notre Dame Stadium
2-5 under the total as a home chalk
5-6 on the board as home chalk at 10 or more points
1-5 under the total as a double-digit home favorite
8-3 ATS in their last 11 matchups with Mountain West Conference teams
5-3 over the total vs. the Mountain West
5-2 ATS in home matchups vs. Mountain West schools
1-3 under the total at home vs. the Mountain West

New Mexico Lobos vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Picks

In this situation, Notre Dame clearly outmans Louisville for their home opener. Although the Fighting Irish will be a strong online betting favorite with the Odds New Mexico lacks weaponry.

Score Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish 48, New Mexico Lobos 7