New Mexico vs. Notre Dame Total Pick
After a week off, will No. 7 Notre Dame still look sharp at home when the Fighting Irish take on New Mexico on Saturday at 2:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
131 New Mexico vs. 132 Notre Dame
Saturday, September 14, 2019
2:30PM ET – Notre Dame Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Notre Dame is the overwhelming favorite in this game, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -35 points against New Mexico. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 63 points. The public betting currently has 67 percent going on New Mexico as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
New Mexico edges Sam Houston
New Mexico also hasn’t played in over a week, as the Lobos opened their season on Aug. 31 and earned a 39-31 victory at home over Sam Houston State. The Lobos covered a 6-point spread in the win while going over the 63.5-point total.
The Lobos saw their coach, former ND head coach Bob Davie, have to rush to the hospital after their win in the opener. A “serious medical incident” will keep Davie from coaching the team this weekend as well. New Mexico put up 485 yards of offense in the opener, but gave up 558 total yards to Sam Houston State. Brandt Hughes had thrown for 218 yards on 12 of 29 passing before going down with a shoulder injury that has him questionable to play on Saturday. Sheriron Jones filled in and threw for 122 yards while rushing for 35 and two scores. Ahmari Davis was the leading rusher with 107 yards and two touchdowns while Johnny Hernandez led the defense with 11 tackles.
Irish win at Louisville
Notre Dame opened its season on Sept. 2 with a 35-17 win at Louisville. The Fighting Irish were a 19-point favorite, so they failed to cover the spread while going under the total. ND has hit the under in four straight games, dating back to last season.
ND got a scare early from Louisville, as the Cardinals put up some solid offense in the first quarter. However, the Fighting Irish settled in from there and dominated the final three quarters. ND finished with 423 yards of offense while holding Louisville to 383 total yards and forcing three turnovers. Quarterback Ian Book threw for 193 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 81 yards and a score to lead the Irish. Tony Jones Jr. added 110 rushing yards and a touchdown for Notre Dame, while Alohi Gilman had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.
College Football Betting Trends
The Lobos have hit the over in six straight non-conference games and in five of their last six road games.
The Fighting Irish have hit the under in six of their last eight home games and in eight of their last 11 games on fieldturf.
This game had a pretty big storyline with Davie returning to Notre Dame, but the medical issue will keep him from returning to South Bend. I think that may take a little steam out of New Mexico. The Lobos struggled defensively with Sam Houston State, so Notre Dame is likely to march the ball down the field with ease. However, I don’t see the New Mexico offense having much success against this ND defense. It’s the home opener for the Irish, so a raucous crowd should make it even tougher on New Mexico. I think the total will be pretty low in this game due to the Lobos not offering up much offense.
College Football Week 3 Prediction: New Mexico/Notre Dame Under 63