Miami vs. Notre Dame Prediction
Which struggling program will pick up a needed win today when Notre Dame hosts Miami at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, this game is now even on the betting line, as neither team is picking given any points. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 58.5 points. Notre Dame has won and covered the spread in its last three meetings with Miami, dating back to 1990.
Miami is coming off a 37-16 loss at Virginia Tech for the third consecutive loss for the Hurricanes. Miami is now 4-3 on the season 4-3 against the spread, failing to cover in their three losses. Miami’s defense has good numbers, giving up just 17.3 points and 343.4 yards per game in 2016, but they have allowed 77 points over the last three games. 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 and 2-5 against the spread, failing to cover in all five losses this season. 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 Miami is riding a three-game losing streak, I trust their defense to make more stops than I do Notre Dame’s. The Irish aren’t a team I would feel good about picking against anyone right now, let alone a winning team. With the spread even, I would feel good about taking the Hurricanes to bounce back. Mark Richt should be eager to get his team back on track this week.
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