College football betting handicappers respect Kelly for the phenomenal work he did at Cincinnati where they became an attractive team to bet on college football with.
Notre Dame will host Purdue to begin the Kelly era. The game can be seen on NBC and Sports-Gambling.com opened with Notre Dame as an 11.5-point favorite. Kickoff is at 3:35 PM Eastern.
Kelly enters his first season on the job with the highest expectations and is ready for action instead of words.
“We’ve got some work to do, but the 2010 season is upon us,” said Kelly, who led Cincinnati to consecutive Big East Conference titles in 2008 and 2009. “There’s been enough talk. Now it’s all about doing. It’s all about getting the job done. It’ll happen.”
Notre Dame went 16-21 the past 3 seasons despite highly touted recruiting classes and it cost coach Charlie Weiss his job. Kelly is insisting on a “five minute plan” rather than one that takes five years. In that he has a lot in common with Fighting Irish fans.
“I don’t know if you can wait anymore,” said Kelly. “You’ve got to be ready to go right away. We should be able to hit the ground running”
Offense is expected to be a NCAA betting strength for Notre Dame as the line and running backs are deep and experienced. The key questions are sophomore quarterback Dayne Crist, who impressed Kelly in camp, and a defense that returns 9 starters but is not deep and allowed 26 points per game last year.
Notre Dame won a thriller at Purdue last year in the final seconds 24-21 but failed to cover the college football odds as 6.5-point favorites as the dog has covered 11 out of the last 16 matchups in this series.
Purdue finished 5-7 last year but expects to be improved as coach Danny Hope enters his 2nd season on the job. Hope was pleased with the effort at training camp but the Boilers suffered a key loss with when Ralph Bolden tore a ligament in the spring and is likely out for the entire season after rushing for 1000 yards last year.
Hope has also worked hard with the special teams for the 2010 college football betting season and was pleased with the progress of his secondary, which will be a key against the Irish.