College football gambling expectations are on the rise for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame as they finished 2010 with plenty of NCAA football gambling momentum.
The Hyundai Sun Bowl from El Paso, TX will feature a classic rivalry matchup from the 1980’s as the Miami Hurricanes take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame with a telecast on CBS that is set to begin at 2 PM ET on December 31. Sports-Gambling opened with Hyundai Sun Bowl odds of Miami -3 and with a total of 47.
Miami has a record of 7-5 straight up and 5-7 with the NCAA odds. The Canes went over the total in just 4 of 12 games. Miami finished a distant 2nd to Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division after being picked to win it in preseason.
Miami lost 3 of their final 5 games including the final 2 and lost their regular season finale at home to South Florida 23-20 which cost coach Randy Shannon his job. The inconsistent play of QB Jacory Harris was a major problem as he had a 14/12 TD/INT ratio and completed just 54% of his passes. Miami ranked a mediocre 59th for scoring offense but a solid 21st for points allowed on defense.
Notre Dame has a record of 7-5 straight up and 5-5-2 with the NCAA football lines as 9 of their 12 games went under the total. The Irish reached rock bottom in a 28-27 home loss to Tulsa and went on to win their final 3 games that followed including the season finale at USC 20-16.
Part of the improvement at the end of the season has to do with QB Tommy Rees, who had to fill in for the injured Dayne Crist. Rees responded with a 63% completion rate and 10 touchdown passes and will start this bowl game.
The defense showed marked improvement down the stretch and from last year to finish 28th in the country for points allowed. Coach Brian Kelly has turned the tide in his first season on the job.
Notre Dame has gotten the money in just 1 of their last 7 college football gambling bowl matchups but Miami is 1-4 against the spread as a bowl favorite.