NCAA Football Free Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(1-0, 0-1 ATS)
The watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus will be watching over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Michigan Wolverines in college football betting action.
If HC Rich Rodriguez is going to keep his job following this season, the Wolverines are going to have to put together a lot of victories just like last week. Michigan stomped the Connecticut Huskies 30-10 in one of the best performances the team has had under Rich Rod. Out of nowhere, QB Denard Robinson came up with over 350 yards of combined offense between rushing and throwing, and he looked like a Heisman Trophy winner in disguise. Where did this come from? We tend to believe that this was a bit of a blown up reaction though, as QB Tate Forcier did this for a few weeks as well last year before he and the rest of his team came back to earth. Still, the Wolverines had the defense working as well, as holding RB Jordan Todman and the Huskies to just ten points is a feat that anyone should be proud of. Big Blue is clearly taking steps in the right direction, and the thought of coming to South Bend that had to once terrify everyone in Ann Arbor now must look like a great opportunity.
The Irish didn’t get off to as flying of a start as the Wolverines did, though no one is South Bend is going to complain about wins of any quality nowadays. The Golden Domers scored a 23-12 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in the home opener last week, which also served as the debut for new HC Brian Kelly. QB Dayne Crist is walking into the shoes of the departed QB Jimmy Clausen, and his first start was one with some ups and downs. He threw for 205 yards on 19-of-26 passing with one TDs and no INTs. The problem really came defensively. Giving up 322 total yards to a Purdue team that didn’t have its best player in RB Ralph Bolden might be a bit frightening with the high powered Wolverines waiting on deck. Still, wins are wins, though the Irish’s NCAA football betting fans won’t want to hear it, as they didn’t successfully cover the 13.5 point opening week number.
The Fighting Irish are favored in this game for a good reason. They have played well against Big Blue here under the watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus. However, neither one of these teams are ones that we overly excited about right now. Sure, the Wolverines have their new quarterback and finally look like they can bring that fun and gun style to the Big Ten, but as we’ve already mentioned, Forcier pulled the same stunt last year, including putting together a big win against ND. Still, catching 3.5 points seems awfully generous in this spot, as Michigan was the more impressive team in Week 1. We don’t think Notre Dame has a big win in it against this caliber of opponent.
Selection: Michigan Wolverines +3.5
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