Temple Vs Notre Dame Week 1 Spread & PickJosh Bailey
Fighting Irish Kick Off 2017 Season Looking to Rebound From Horrific Season While temple Owls Kick Off New Era
Chip Kelly and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be looking to distance themselves from their horrific 2016 season while the Temple Owls look to kick off a new era under new head coach Geoff Collins after becoming consistent winners under former head coach Matt Rhule in recent seasons.
Now, let’s find out which one of these playoff longshots is the right pick to get the win and cover the college football betting line.
Temple Owls Vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Week 1 Spread & Pick
Temple Owls (0-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 2, 2:30 PM ET
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
Stream: NBC Sports
Spread: Notre Dame -18.5
Why Bet the Temple Owls To Beat Notre Dame
The best reason to bet on Temple in this affair is that they’re used to winning nowadays and should be stout again defensively in 2017.
The Owls (10-4 SU, 12-2 ATS) lost an excellent head coach in new Baylor hire Matt Rhule, but I think the Owls did a great job in replacing him with widely-respected former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. Unfortunately, Collins will need a new starting quarterback following the departure of three-year starter Philip Walker. Even days before the game, Collins hasn’t revealed who his starter will be, with the competition right now coming down to redshirt junior Frank Nutile and redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi.
Whoever wins the starting job will have a trio of experienced receivers in Ventell Bryant, Keith Kirkwood, and Adonis Jennings seeing as how they combined for 123 catches, 2,017 yards, and 12 touchdowns last season. Former No. 2 running back Ryquell Armstead becomes the No. 1 back after rushing for 919 yards and 14 scores in 2016.
More importantly, the Owls look like they’re going to be outstanding on defense again after finishing 11th in points allowed last season (18.4 ppg). While temple has just four returning starters and saw outstanding linebacker Hasan Reddick picked in the first round of the NFL draft, the defensive line is solid the linebacker group is athletic and the secondary is almost completely intact and getting another veteran in North Carolina Central graduate transfer Mike Jones.
Why Bet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish To Bet Temple
The best reason to back the Fighting Irish is that they have far more overall talent on their roster and are playing at home.
Notre Dame (4-8 SU, 4-8 ATS) averaged an encouraging 30.9 points per game last season to rank 53rd in scoring, but they also gave up 27.8 points per game defensively to rank 62nd in points allowed. Now, heading into 2017, Kelly will turn to sophomore Brandon Wimbush to replace departed starting quarterback DeShone Kizer. While Wimbush is lacking in experience, the Irish do return four starters on the offensive line and have a gifted running back in junior Josh Adams, who has rushed for 1,768 yards, 11 touchdowns in his first two years.
At wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is expected to start and Kelly hopes he can get consistent production out of Kevin Stepherson and Chase Claypool. Defensively, Notre Dame is solid at linebacker and in the secondary but have some serious concerns on the defensive line.
Temple Vs Notre Dame Week 1 Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know the Temple Owls are starting over a bit under a new head coach, but I believe their defense will be good enough this season to keep them in most games, starting with their opener, particularly seeing as how they have a first-time starting quarterback. The Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games in the month of September while Notre Dame has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams from the AAC. I say, no way should the spread for this contest be close to three touchdowns.
Pick: Notre Dame 30 Temple 21