ND at Michigan
Two coaches under a lot of pressure can alleviate some of that pressure with a win on Saturday when No. 18 Notre Dame heads to Michigan to face the Wolverines at 3:30PM ET from Michigan Stadium.
This rivalry is one of the oldest in college football and coaches Charlie Weis and Rich Rodriguez each have had an offseason full of scrutiny and could use this win to solidify their spots with their respective program.
The Irish had one of the most impressive wins last weekend in a 35-0 win over Nevada. Jimmy Clausen threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-18 passing, with Michael Floyd catching four passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. The Irish defense held Nevada to 307 yards and forced three turnovers. Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick had just 149 yards passing and just 39 yards rushing, both of which were well below his averages. Notre Dame defeated Michigan last season 35-17, but both programs are expected to be better in this game.
The Wolverines had a tough opening week prior to last Saturday’s game. Rodriguez was accused of NCAA rules violations by current and former players before the game, but Michigan responded with a 31-7 win over Western Michigan. The Wolverines jumped out to a 31-0 lead in the first half thanks to the play of quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. Forcier was 13-of-20 passing for 179 yards and three touchdowns to solidify his spot as the starting quarterback while Robinson had a 43-yard touchdown run. Defensively, Michigan held the Broncos to 301 yards of offense. Defensive end Brandon Graham had a pair of sacks and was in the backfield consistently during the game.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made Notre Dame 4-point road favorites over Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The over/under total for this game has been established at 50.
College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
All games in this series since 1992
NOTRE DAME is 8-5 against the spread versus MICHIGAN since 1992
MICHIGAN is 6-6 straight up against NOTRE DAME since 1992
8 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN is 1-1 against the spread versus NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN is 1-1 straight up against NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
All games played at MICHIGAN since 1992
NOTRE DAME is 4-2 against the spread versus MICHIGAN since 1992
MICHIGAN is 4-2 straight up against NOTRE DAME since 1992
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games played at MICHIGAN over the last 3 seasons.
MICHIGAN is 1-0 against the spread versus NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN is 1-0 straight up against NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Week 2 College Football Injury Report
No significant injuries.
No significant injuries.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -4 Over 50 (-155)
Michigan Wolverines +4 Under 50 (+135)
How many passing yards will Jimmy Clausen (ND) have: Over/Under 252.5
Will Clausen throw an interception: Yes (-160) or No (+130)
How many touchdown passes will Clausen have: Over/Under 1.5
How many rushing attempts will Armando Allen Jr. (ND) have: Over/Under 14.5
Will Allen Jr. score a touchdown: Yes (-130) or No (even)
How many receptions will Michael Floyd (ND) have: Over/Under 4.5
Will Floyd score a first half touchdown: Yes (+170) or No (-220)
How may receiving yards will Golden Tate (ND) have: Over/Under 84.5
How many receptions will Kyle Rudolph (ND) have: Over/Under 3.5
How many pass attempts will Tate Forcier (UM) have: Over/Under 25.5
Will Forcier throw an interception: Yes (-140) or No (+110)
How many touchdown passes will Forcier have: Over/Under 1.5
How many rushing attempts will Brandon Minor (UM) have: Over/Under 11.5
Will Minor score a touchdown: Yes (+120) or No (-150)
How may receiving yards will Junior Hemingway (UM) have: Over/Under 56.5
Will Hemingway score a touchdown: Yes (+120) or No (-150)
How many receptions will Greg Mathews (UM) have: Over/Under 2.5
Posted: 9/12/09 1:00PM ET