The 17th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will host the Michigan Wolverines in a Week 2 college football matchup that looks like it could potentially be one of the most entertaining affairs on the entire Week 2 docket.
Not only that, but this matchup, the last schedule pairing between college football’s two winningest programs, is also offering college football bettors a ton of value, so let’s not waste any time as game day quickly approaches.
Starts: 09/06/2014 7:30PM
College Football Week 2 Expert Pick – Michigan Vs. Notre Dame
Preview: Michigan: (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) rolled all over overmatched Appalachian State in its Week 1 opener, winning 52-14 to cover the spread as a huge, 28-point home favorite to get back in the win column after losing each of their final three games last season.
Notre Dame: (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) also cruised in Week 1, beating Rice 48-17 to easily cover the spread as a 20.5-point home favorite.
— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) September 3, 2014
Analysis: Michigan has won three out of the last four matchups against Notre Dame, including last season’s 41-30 win as a 4.5-point home fave in Ann Arbor in front of a record crowd of 115,109.
The good news for Notre Dame fans and betting backers is the fact that starting quarterback Everett Golson has an absolutely monster game a week ago as he completed 14 of 22 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 41 yards on the ground – and three more scores and the Fighting Irish rolled up a stunning 576 total yards of offense.
Michigan also got a fine performance out of their starting quarterback as senior Devin Gardner completed 13 of 14 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, but is was the Wolverine’s ground game that did the Mountaineers in.
Sophomore Derrick Green rushed 15 times for 170 yards and one touchdown against Appalachian State while fellow sophomore De’Veon Smith added 115 yards on just eight carries with two more scores.
Analysis: I really like Michigan to cover the spread in this matchup, mostly because they have the far better defense in this matchup – and absolutely no pressure as they are unranked and Notre Dame is looking
The Fighting Irish got burned deep a couple of times in their Week 1 win and I expect Michigan’s Devin Gardner to take advantage of Notre Dame’s weak secondary – when the Wolverines aren’t pounding the snot out of the Fighting Irish with their powerful rushing attack.
The home team in this longstanding series has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings but Michigan has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups between these rivals.
While the Wolverines are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games against Notre Dame, the underdog in this series has compiled a blistering 11-4 ATS mark in the last 15 meetings.
I like Michigan for the road ‘upset’ in this one.