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NCAA Football Gambling - Irish Eyes A Smilin''

NCAA football gambling excitement has returned to Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish could be one of the big NCAA football wagering surprises for 2010.

NCAA football gambling anticipation continues to grow for the September 4 opener against Purdue as the Brian Kelly era will kickoff new NCAA football wagering hope.

Kelly arrives from Cincinnati where he was the head coach that led the Bearcats to the Big East Conference championship in both 2008 and 2009.  Kelly is known for his explosive and wide open passing attacks and his ability to coach up and develop quarterbacks.

Kelly replaces Charlie Weiss who was out of his element in the college game after arriving from a highly successful stint as offensive coordinator of the NFL’s New England Patriots.

Kelly is a proven college coach and recruiter that has a record of fast turnarounds for down and out programs at both Cincinnati and before that at Central Michigan.  Kelly is a win now type of coach and that has South Bend aglow with dreams of a BCS campaign for 2010.

“This is all about getting this program nationally in the top echelon immediately,” said Kelly.

Weiss was known for being a fine recruiter of skill position players but the offensive and defensive lines were neglected and Kelly is moving to address that concern, which has kept Notre Dame from being profitable with the college football odds in 3 out of the last 4 years.

Kelly has in fact tailored recruiting around building up the lines on offense and defense.

As a popular program with a national following the Irish are often overlays with the college football lines.  They have covered just 18 out of 47 games against the spread as a home favorite since 2000 have been in the red for 7 out of the past 10 seasons.

Dayne Crist is the starting quarterback for Kelly’s spread offense.  The sophomore is coming off knee surgery and threw just 20 passes as backup to the now departed Jimmy Clausen.  Junior Michael Floyd will be the go-to receiver after compiling 795 yards last year.

The schedule is highly favorable for a potentially strong NCAA football gambling performance by the Irish.  Ultimately it comes down to Kelly’s ability to change the culture.

“This is about developing toughness,” said Kelly.  “About demanding and setting expectations and understanding those.”