ABC will bring you national coverage of (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) Notre Dame, as the Irish head east to meet with the (4-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) 22nd-ranked Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Notre Dame has always used “bulletin board” material to its advantage, and last Saturday was no different as the Irish handed Stanford a 28-21 loss in South Bend.
Stanford tackle, Chris Marinelli, had made pre-game comments about his hatred for the “Golden Domers”, yet all it did was propel Charlie Weis to his fourth victory of 2008, thanks in large part to QB Jimmy Clausen.
The sophomore completed a career best, 29 passes for 347-yards and three TDs, which allowed college football betting fans to celebrate back-to-back wins against the NCAA football odds for the second time this season.
Notre Dame’s defense also came alive, causing four Cardinal turnovers and a third down conversion ratio of only 2/9; also note that Irish Sr. DE Pat Kuntz finished the game with two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Now, if you want to talk about defense (and special teams), look no further than Chapel Hill.
Last Saturday, UNC intercepted UCONN QB Zach Frazer three-times, and Tar Heel So. LB Bruce Carter blocked three Connecticut punts allowing North Carolina to take down #24 UCONN, 38-12, giving the Heels their first victory over a ranked opponent in three years.
The win served NCAA football gambling followers up their third win against the NCAA lines backing the Tar Heels in ‘08. Not only were all of Carter’s blocks in the second quarter, but his last was recovered in the end zone by So. S Matt Merletti, which gave UNC a 17-3 lead at the half; Carter was named ACC player of the week for his efforts.
Also, despite UNC’s offense being out-gained by the Huskies, converted safety Shaun Draughn rushed for a career high, 109-yards and a touchdown in UNC’s home win and cover. Notre Dame will face its first ranked team on Saturday as the underdog - the host Tar Heels are favored by seven-points.