Miami vs. Notre Dame Pick
Two struggling programs meet up this Saturday when Notre Dame hosts Miami at 3:30PM ET. Will the two have an offensive showcase?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Miami is the road favorite in this game, as the Hurricanes are getting odds of-2.5 points against Notre Dame. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 58.5 points. Notre Dame has won three straight with Miami and the two have split the over/under total over their last six lined meetings.
Miami is coming off a 37-16 loss at Virginia Tech for the third consecutive loss for the Hurricanes. Miami is no 4-3 on the season and they are 4-3 with the over. The Miami defense had been pretty stout most of the season, allowing just 17.3 points and 343.4 yards per game in 2016, but they have given up 77 points over the last three games. Miami has a lot of injuries on that side of the ball, including four defensive linemen that are listed as questionable to play. Offensively, Miami is putting up 33.7 points and 414.4 yards per contest. Mark Walton and Joseph Yearby have combined for 1,097 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season while Brad Kaaya has thrown for 1,696 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Notre Dame is coming off a 17-10 loss to Stanford at home a few weeks ago. The Irish are now just 2-5 on the season while hitting the over in 4 of 7 games. The Notre Dame defense has been largely a mess this year, giving up 27.7 points and 399.9 yards per game. The offense has managed to outdo the defense on occasion, as the unit is averaging 30.3 points and 413.9 yards per contest. DeShone Kizer has thrown for 1,775 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 285 yards and seven scores. Equanimeous St. Brown has caught 31 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns while Josh Adams has run for 416 yards and a score.
Though the Irish had a good defensive showing two weeks ago, don’t look for that to continue. Miami has a more explosive offense than Stanford, especially when the Cardinal was without Christian McCaffrey. Notre Dame also has a pretty legit offense. Kizer is a playmaker and he should be able to move the ball on this Miami defense, which has taken a step back with a step up in competition. I like the over to hit in this game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9 PICK: MIAMI/NOTRE DAME OVER 58.5