Notre Dame continues to fight its way back into the good graces of the College Football Playoff Committee when facing undefeated Big Ten powerhouse Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 17. The game takes place at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. Kick-off is at 4:30 pm ET.
Michigan State Spartans Vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Spread
Notre Dame opened as a 7.5-point favorites in the college football betting spread to beat Michigan State. The game total is 51.5 points.
Notre Dame is 1 and 1 straight up and against the spread. The Fighting Irish lost to Texas as a road favorite in Week 1. In Week 2, they beat Nevada to cover a -27.5-point spread as a home favorite. Michigan State is 1 and 0 straight up and 0 and 1 ATS after beating Furman in Week 1.
What: No. 12 Michigan State Spartans (1-0) at No.18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-1)
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Notre Dame, IN
Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium
Spread: Notre Dame -7
Game Total: 51.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Michigan State vs Notre Dame
Bet on Michigan State Because…
Michigan State got to rest last week. The Spartans are ranked in the Top 15 even though they’ve only played a single game so far this season. In that battle, Michigan State beat Furman 28 to 13 as a -37.5-point favorite. The extra week of rest, the Spartans took off Week 2, could help Michigan State in their battle against mighty Notre Dame.
Bet on Notre Dame Because…
Notre Dame’s defense is starting to come together. Texas absolutely destroyed Notre Dame’s defense to the tune of 517 total yards and 50 points in Week 1. Notre Dame lost that game 47 to 50 in overtime. In Week 2 the Fighting Irish bounced back with a spirited 39 to 10 win over Nevada as a -27.5-point home favorite. Notre Dame’s D held the Wolf Pack to 300 total yards, including a 3.3 per rush average.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Sparty coach Mark Dantonio doesn’t like to run up the score. There isn’t a lot that college football bettors can glean from Michigan State’s win over Furman in Week 1. Resting and preparing for Notre Dame should help.
But I don’t think it’s going to help enough. Notre Dame has only a few shots to beat ranked teams from now until the Collee Football Playoff Committee makes its final decisions. The Fighting Irish have to beat Michigan State convincingly this Saturday.
With an improving defense and QB DeShone Kizer developing into the lone starter, Notre Dame should have no trouble taking it to the Michigan State Spartans on Sept. 17. I like Notre Dame to easily cover the spread in this matchup.