NCAA football gambling fans will see if the Irish can make it three straight as they will host the Western Michigan Broncos in a NCAA football wagering matchup.
Kickoff for the NBC telecast is set for 2:30 PM Eastern Time and Sports-Gambling opened with Notre Dame as a 22 point favorite.
The Western Michigan Broncos have a record of 2-3 both straight up and with the NCAA betting lines as 4 out of their 5 games went over the total. Western Michigan is coming off a 45-16 blowout win at Ball State as quarterback Alex Carder passed for 265 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos forced 5 turnovers on defense. Western Michigan has a dangerous passing attack that ranks 23rd in the country. Their defense ranks 81st for points permitted.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a record of 3-3 straight up and 2-3-1 with the NCAA betting odds. The Irish have gone under the total in 5 out of 6 games. The Irish beat Pitt last week 23-17 as 6 point home favorites after scoring a 31-13 win at Boston College the week before.
Notre Dame is also a top notch passing team that ranks 19th in the country. Dayne Crist has passed for 1600 yards and an 11/4 touchdown/interception ratio. Armando Allen offers balance to the offense with 448 yards and a 4.8 yards per carry average.
Defense remains the problem for Notre Dame as they rank 83rd in the nation overall and 100th against the pass, which is a matchup concern against the Broncos.
Notre Dame is making steady improvement under first year head coach Brian Kelly but cannot afford to take Western Michigan lightly as they are an explosive offensive team that is coming off bowl seasons in 2 out of the last 4 years under coach Bill Cubit.
Western Michigan has gotten the money in just 3 out of their last 12 road games. The Broncos have failed to cover their last 8 games when coming off a straight up win. Notre Dame has been a poor NCAA football gambling value at home through the years with just 16 payouts in their last 52 games under Touchdown Jesus.