2012 NBC College Football Game of the Week Odds: BYU vs. Notre Dame Print
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Thursday, 18 October 2012 08:30
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BYU vs. Notre Dame Odds

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SOUTH BEND, IN (The Spread) – No. 5 Notre Dame looks to keep its national title hopes alive on Saturday when it hosts BYU at 3:30PM ET on NBC.

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Notre Dame is 6-0 this year and 4-0 at home while BYU is 4-3 overall and 0-2 on the road. The Cougars are 3-4 against the spread while the Fighting Irish are 4-2 ATS. Notre Dame has won and covered in four of the last six meetings against BYU.

Trends show that BYU is 5-1 against the spread in its last 6 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss. Notre Dame is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a failed cover.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Notre Dame is favored at home in this game, as the Fighting Irish have odds of -13.5 points against BYU. The over/under total has been set at 40 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Notre Dame favored by 14.5 points. The spread never got higher than that and has reached its bottom at 13.5 points.

Notre Dame is coming off a 20-13 overtime win over Stanford at home. The Fighting Irish have won three games this year by single digits. On the season, Notre Dame is allowing just 8.7 points per game, which ranks second in the nation. On offense, the Irish are averaging just 27.3 points per game. Everett Golson has led the team with 968 yards and four touchdowns, but he is listed as questionable for this game with a head injury. Tommy Rees would take over in his absence and he has 218 passing yards with one touchdown in limited action this season.

BYU is coming off a 42-24 loss to Oregon State at home. The Cougars have yet to win on the road this season, but lost both games by a combined four points. BYU has a strong defense that is allowing just 13.6 points per game, but the Cougars are scoring only 25.6 points per game on offense. BYU is being led by quarterback Riley Nelson, who has thrown for 1,059 yards and six touchdowns on the year.

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In terms of Injuries, BYU tight end Marcus Mathews is out with a sinus infection while offensive lineman Famika Anae is out with a knee injury. Notre Dame kicker Nick Tausch is questionable with a groin injury safety Austin Collinsworth is out with a shoulder injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are getting 57% of the wagers with odds of -13.5 points against BYU at home.

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