Notre Dame vs. Texas Game Odds and Preview
The AP preseason rankings have come out, the opening game has been played, and the college football betting lines are primed. Could it be any clearer that NCAA football is upon us? With it come dominating performances and heart crushing upsets and the matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Texas Longhorns could turn out be one or the other. The whole nation will be watching considering that this game will be a special Sunday edition of ABC college football. With the stage set both teams will be looking to fulfill their agendas. The Irish will be looking to prove their worthy of the No. 10 ranking and will be vying to begin the uphill battle to the playoffs on a high note. The Longhorns need a head start on a turnaround season the program is in desperate need of. Let’s check in on the NCAA betting odds to see if they can shed some light on who will accomplish their goals come Sunday.
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Notre Dame -3 (-120) 60(-110) -165
Texas +3 (EVEN) 60 (-110) +145
The Fighting Irish are pegged as the favorites but not by the margin you would expect when a Top 10 team faces a school that hasn’t been above .500 in 2 years. Notre Dame is coming off a 10-3 season that hoisted one of the most explosive offenses in school history. Last year the Irish were one of 21 schools to average 200 or more yards both in the air and on the ground, per game. In fact this offense will go down in school history for setting the record for single season plays over 50 yards at 14. This offense also had two plays over 90 yards, doubling how many Notre Dame has had in 126 years of football. But for all the records they set this offense couldn’t break the dry spell that has loomed over Notre Dame since 1936. The Irish haven’t been able to beat Ohio State since that year and last season was no exception; Notre Dame’s season ended with a Fiesta Bowl loss at the hands of the Buckeyes. Notre Dame’s regular season success came as a surprise to many in the college football betting community last year, but how does this year’s squad measure up?
DeShone Kizer will be returning for the Irish at quarterback and will be looking to have another phenomenal season after throwing for over 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns. Joining Kitzer will be Torii Hunter Jr. and Nic Weishar who combined for more than 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. The ground game should remain intact with the return of Josh Adams who ran for 838 yards last season. Defensively the Irish were fairly strong allowing only 207 yards per contest and the stellar play should carry over with the return of Max Redfield, James Onwualu, and Cole Luke.
As aforementioned the Longhorns desperately need to get off to a good start and the college football betting odds aren’t ruling out that possibility. Shane Buechele may be a freshman but he is the man Texas is turning to help lead this offense. John Burt and Armanti Foreman will be returning at wideout after combining for more than 600 yards. The Longhorns running game was exceptional last season averaging 224 yards per game and that success will likely be carried over with the return of D’Onta Foreman. The Longhorns desperately need to improve their defense after allowing 30.3 points per game and a whopping 452 yards allotted per game. Texas has the talent to compete with the Irish and their home field advantage may just be what they need to upset the Irish.