Free Week 1 Prediction: Fighting Irish vs Longhorns Odds
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(0-0) #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Texas Longhorns (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 4th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue:Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Notre Dame -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60
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With the college season starting a week ahead of the NFL, the CFB season leaks over into Sunday.
A game with a lot of potential and hype headlines the Sunday card as the #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish head into Texas to take on the Longhorns.
#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
With a lot of expectations on the Fighting Irish this year, things could not have gotten off to a worse start.
Head coach Brian Kelly used the terms such as “embarrassing” and “mad as hell” when describing the incidents that took place where 6 players were arrested.
Safety Max Redfield was dismissed from the team by Kelly, while senior cornerback Devin Butler could face up to 2.5 years in prison for multiple charges.
As for the rest of the players involved, they will be available to play here in Week 1 against Texas.
Kelly will have an interesting decision to make, as he has a pair of talented QBs who both have star potential.
DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire both offer similar styles, which makes this even more challenging for Kelly and the coaching staff.
Zaire was sidelined after breaking his ankle in the 2nd game of the season, which opened the door for Zaire.
With the pair of talented QBs, along with Tarean Folston and Josh Adams, the Fighting Irish have a lot of options and different ways to go with against Texas.
It also makes it extremely hard to prepare for the Longhorns, who have no idea who will be handing the ball off to who at this point.
Expect the QB decision to be made prior to the game, as Kelly does not want any extra drama in what could be a tough game given the environment.
The hot seat couldn’t be any hotter for head coach Charlie Strong. His job is on the line here in 2016, as he must perform and get his team at the very least a winning season. Even that may not be enough.
He’ll get the chance to clear his name right off the bat with a home game against the #7 Fighting Irish here.
We’ll get our first look at new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and new freshman QB Shane Buechele. The duo have bonded this spring and there is a lot of hype and hope on the arm of Buechele.
Texas will look to ease Buechele in here against one of the better defenses in the nation, but eventually he’ll have to let it loose. Texas has been one of the worst in terms of offensive production over the past two losing season under Strong.
D’Onta Foreman will be asked to do a lot early on, as he tries to take the pressure off Buechele. Chris Warren III will also see some time at the RB position, more particularly in lower yards to go situations as he is a bigger and more powerful back.
The Longhorns must keep the home crowd in this one throughout. Feeding off the home crowd will be important for Buechele, who will likely be under pressure all night and have to come up clutch on multiple occasions.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Fighting Irish are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Fighting Irish are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games on fieldturf.
- Longhorns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
- Longhorns are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. INDEP.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
Notre Dame has a lot more talent than this Longhorns team.
Despite the QB questions, having a pair of QBs who are so talented isn’t a bad decision to have to make.
Look for Notre Dame’s offense to come up with big play after big play.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Notre Dame -4.5
Both QBs for Notre Dame could end up with playing time here, but regardless, either will have success here.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Notre Dame 34- Texas 16
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