This Saturday at 8pm the 20th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Michigan to take on the 10th ranked Michigan Spartans. Both teams are off to a quick start with similar 2-0 records, so something has to give this Saturday.
Michigan State has still not allowed an offensive touchdown, and their defense is ranked 8th in holding opponents to an average of 225.5 scrimmage yards per game. It appears that sophomore QB Everett Golson will get the first crack at the Spartan’s defense, but football gambling fans should not be surprised to see embattled Junior QB Tommy Rees come off the bench. After serving a 1 game suspension, Rees returned to the field in the 4th quarter of last week’s game to lead the Irish downfield for a field goal with 7 seconds left to beat Purdue. Whoever is on the field for ND will need to find a way to get into the end zone if ND wants any chance to win this game.
The last time these two teams met was last year in South Bend, where ND won 31-13 and held Le’Veon Bell to only 27 yards on 7 carries, however sports gambling fans should not count on the ND defense providing a repeat performance. ND has lost 6 straight road games against ranked opponents by an average of 16.7 points, Whereas the Spartans have won 4 in a row against top 25 teams at home, so all signs are pointing to a Michigan State victory. However, no matter where the trends may be pointing, there is something that is making me feel like ND is going to come up with a huge upset on the road. This is coach Brian Kelly’s third year at ND, and in the past his teams have been very good in his third year in the program.
I would suggest to sports gambling fans to pick the Irish getting +5 1/2 points for the game, and to pick them on the money line at +180. In addition, I think this could be the game that the Michigan State defense finally yields some touchdowns, and will result in a back and forth game in which the total will exceed 44 points.