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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2014 Wagering Guide

With Everett Golson back at QB and fourth year head coach Brian Kelly fielding his most talented team at Notre Dame yet, what should prevent you from betting on the Irish in 2014?

Well, the college football schedule gods stuck the Fighting Irish with what most analysts regard as the nation’s toughest schedule. The Irish play home games against Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina, Northwestern and Louisville. They travel to Florida State, Arizona State and USC and play neutral-site games against Purdue, Syracuse and Navy. This is Kelly’s best team since arriving in South Bend, but don’t expect them to be a playoff contender this year.

“Every year our expectations are to compete for a championship,” head coach Brian Kelly said at a football camp he hosted at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. “With the playoff format now it’s ‘How do you get to the playoffs?”

“We don’t play for a conference championship, you know,” he added. “We won our bowl game last year, won nine games, and many people see that as a disappointing year. I think the expectations are to get back there. We’ve got a young team, but a talented team, and we’re

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Future Betting Odds

  • Week 1 Odds: Rice vs Notre Dame -25
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +4500
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 7.5.

How Will Notre Dame’s Offense Performs in 2014?

If you like betting on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish then this is what you’ve been waiting for out of a Brian Kelly offense. The offense hasn’t lived up to expectations since Kelly took over, analysts, fans and oddsmakers alike were expecting a high-flying spectacle.

As bad as things might have gotten during Charlie Weis’ tenure, his 2009 team averaged more than 450 yards and 30 points per game — none of Kelly’s offenses to date have hit those numbers. I fully expect this team to blow those numbers out of the water, and if it doesn’t that means something went very, very wrong.

Last season, the offensive line allowed just eight sacks and gets three good starters back on the field this year. The backfield is loaded with weapons, and the 2014 receiving corps will be able to fill the shoes of leading receiver T.J. Jones who jumped to the NFL and is with the Detroit Lions. Tommy Rees really was good last year, but Everett Golson is the right quarterback for what Kelly wants to do. If you bet on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, expect the offense to explode on offense every time they get the ball..

Golson led the team to the BCS championship game two short years ago, but he missed all of last year after exercising "poor academic judgment." He was credited as one of the leaders and catalysts in the great run of 2012, the 6-0, 200-pounder has extremely confidence, a good enough arm, and great feet, completing 59% of his passes two years ago for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns with six picks, while running for 298 yards and two scores.

“Getting him back to school — he obviously played in the national championship for us — getting him back obviously is a boost for our team,” said Kelly. “He brings the athleticism to the position that I like at that position especially for the type of offense that I want to run.”

Running backs Tarean Folston, Greg Bryant and Cam McDaniel will establish a running game by committee, which should be good enough to help the team win some games.

How Will Notre Dame’s Defense Perform in 2014?

After finishing 31st in the nation in total defense and doing a great job against the pass, the defense needs a little bit of tweaking. Notre Dame replaced ex-defensive coordinator Bob Diaco with Brian VanGorder, the former Auburn defensive coordinator and New York Jet linebacker coach. He was brought in to attack opposing offenses from all sides and to utilize his veteran secondary in more press coverage in hopes of creating more pressure on opposing defensive pockets.

Does he have the talent up front to do what he’d like? He’ll play around with the schemes, utilizing more of a 4-3 — but he needs linemen to help replace Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones are promising tackles, but former super-recruit Ishaq Williams needs to come into his own at one end. 

2014 Notre Dame Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs Rice 3:30 PM ET NBC
  • Saturday, September 6 vs Michigan 7:30 PM ET NBC
  • Saturday, September 13 vs Purdue* 7:30 PM ET NBC
  • Saturday, September 27 vs Syracuse* TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 vs Stanford 3:30 PM ET NBC
  • Saturday, October 11 vs North Carolina 3:30 PM ET
  • Saturday, October 18 @ Florida State TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Navy 8:00 PM ET CBS
  • Saturday, November 8 @ Arizona State TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 vs Northwestern 3:30 PM ET NBC
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Louisville 3:30 PM ET NBC
  • Saturday, November 29 @ USC TBD

Notre Dame Final Thoughts

This team will be fun to watch. If they can get through the tougher games with a couple of lucky wins this team could be playing in the inaugural college football champion playoffs.

2014 Notre Dame Projected Starters On Offense


Everett Golson-Jr (6-0, 200)



Tarean Folston-So (5-9, 207)



Corey Robinson-So (6-4, 205)



DaVaris Daniels-Jr (6-2, 203)



Amir Carlisle-Jr (5-10, 190)



Ben Koyack-Sr (6-5, 261)



Ronnie Stanley-So (6-6, 318)



Steve Elmer-So (6-6, 317)



Nick Martin-Jr (6-5, 295)



Christian Lombard-Sr (6-5, 315)



Mike McGlinchey-RFr (6-8, 300)



Kyle Brindza-Sr (6-1, 236)


2014 Notre Dame Projected Starters On Defense


Ishaq Williams-Sr (6-5, 271)



Jarron Jones-So (6-5, 310)



Sheldon Day-Jr (6-2, 290)



Romeo Okwara-Jr (6-4, 258)



John Turner-So (6-1, 217)



Jaylon Smith-So (6-2, 230)



Joe Schmidt-Sr (6-0, 230)



KeiVarae Russell-Jr (5-11, 190)



Cole Luke-So (5-11, 190)



Austin Collinsworth-Sr (6-1, 205)



Max Redfield-So (6-1, 194)



Kyle Brindza-Sr (6-1, 236)