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Wolverines vs. Fighting Irish

The Wolverines and Fighting Irish take the field Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium for the 36th edition of their non-conference rivalry.

The NCAA football betting grudge match between Michigan and Notre Dame will kickoff at 3:30 ET in South Bend with NBC carrying the national broadcast. First year Michigan head coach, Rich Rodriguez, was blunt when describing his feelings about UM's week-two victory over Miami(Oh).

Rodriguez said, "I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty," which was exactly what the Wolverines did in earning their first "W" of 2008, 16-6 over the Redhawks at Michigan Stadium. Freshman quarterback, Steven Threet, got the scoring underway with a first quarter nine-yard run; Michigan then added a field goal on its next drive.

However, college football betting aficionados who felt confident in Michigan's chances of drawing even ATS had to face a reality check: “RichRod's” boys only held a four-point advantage over Miami as the last 15-minutes commenced.

Luckily for college football's winningest program, RB Brandon Minor took his only carry of the afternoon fifteen-yards to the house and secured the SU victory. Despite pulling their record to an even 1-1 on the year, Michigan failed to cover the college football betting line (-16) for the second straight week.

The “Golden Domers” kicked off their 2008 campaign with a 21-13 win over first-time opponent, San Diego State, but much like week-three rival Michigan, ND's win was far from impressive.

NCAA football betting followers would not have been foolish to play the Irish -21.5, but who knew that Notre Dame would struggle immensely in establishing its ground attack. ND only amassed 105 yards rushing on 34 carries; an average of less than three yards per carry.

Pair that with four turnovers and it's no surprise that the Irish trailed the Aztecs by six after three-quarters. Weiss' sophomore QB, Jimmy Clausen, woke up in the fourth however, connecting on two scores of 38 and 6 yards respectively. The pair of TD passes allowed ND to tie last year's total for home-victories.

The Irish now enter Wolverine-Week undefeated, yet winless against the NCAA odds. Notre Dame currently holds a 7-8-1 SU record against Michigan in South Bend, and enters this match-up a 1.5-point underdog with the total sitting at an astoundingly low 35.5.

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