ESPN College Football Game of the Week Odds: Notre Dame vs. Michigan Print
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Friday, 06 September 2013 08:00
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Notre Dame vs. Michigan Odds

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ANN ARBOR, MI (The Spread) – Two Midwest rivals meet up Saturday night at 8PM ET as No. 17 Michigan hosts No. 14 Notre Dame on ESPN.

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Michigan opened its season with a 59-9 win over Central Michigan. The Wolverines covered the 31.5-point spread and hit the over in the win. Notre Dame started the year with a 28-6 win over Temple, but failed to covered the 27.5 point spread and hit the under. The home team has won five of the last six in this series.

Trends show that Notre Dame is just 2-5 against the spread in its last 7 meetings with Michigan and 1-4 ATS in its last 5 trips to Ann Arbor. However, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games of this series.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Michigan is the favorite at home, as the Wolverines have odds of -3.5 points against Notre Dame tonight. The over/under total for the game has been set at 51 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Michigan favored by 4 points. The spread never got higher than that, and hit a low of 3 points before moving up to 3.5. The over/under total opened at 51 points. It climbed up to a peak of 52 before falling back to 51.

Michigan looked impressive in its season opener, dominating Central Michigan. The Wolverines held CMU to just 210 total yards while racking up 463 yards of their own. The Wolverines forced two turnovers and scored a special teams touchdown in the win as well. Quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 162 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 52 yards and two scores. As a team, Michigan had six rushing touchdowns.

Notre Dame had an impressive offensive showing, compiling 543 total yards against Temple. Quarterback Tommy Rees had a strong performance, going 16 of 23 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. The leading target for Rees was receiver T.J. Jones, who had six catches for 138 yards. As a team, the Irish also rushed for 188 yards. The only concern for Notre Dame was nine penalties that it committed through the game.

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In terms of Injuries, Notre Dame running back Will Mahone is questionable with an ankle injury while Michigan running back Drake Johnson will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Michigan, as the Wolverines are getting 69% of the wagers with odds of -3.5 points against Notre Dame.

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