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NCAAF Week 9 Wagering – Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Washington Huskies

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-2 SU & ATS) got a bye week after losing to North Carolina. On Saturday they will travel across the country to face their former coach, as they take on the Washington Huskies (0-6 SU, 1-5 ATS) in NCAA college football action that is set to kick off at 8 PM ET at Husky Stadium (artificial turf) in Seattle.

Saturday, October 25
BetUS NCAAF Betting Odds: NOTRE DAME -11

Here are some of the NCAA college football betting trends as they relate to this matchup:

* ND has covered four of its last five games
* ND has won six of its last eight games SU
* ND has played four of its last five games OVER the total
* ND has covered four of its last five road games
* ND has lost seven of its last nine road games SU
* ND has played seven of its last eight road games UNDER the total
* WASH has covered one of its last six games
* WASH has lost its last eight games SU
* WASH has played four of its last five games OVER the total
* WASH has covered one of its last five home games
* WASH has lost its last six home games SU
* WASH has played seven of its last eight home games OVER the total

We’d love to be able to tell you that former Notre Dame mentor Ty Willingham would be able to rally his team to a revenge win, and perhaps save his job at the same time. But Washington just doesn’t have the horses. It’s tough, of course, when you are sitting without such a double threat as Jake Locker, who was the team’s passer as well as its top rusher. To give you an idea of what kind of running backs U-Dub has, Locker has missed the last two games, did not gain more than 62 yards in any game, and he is still the team’s leading rusher. Ronnie Fouch has taken over for Locker, and has done the bad he could, one supposes. Fouch is at 50% on the season, and in his most productive performance, last week against Oregon State, he threw for 276 yards, but also tossed three interceptions.

Take a look at this statistic – Washington has just three sacks on the season – That means Jimmy Clausen gets a chance to sit back there and throw – into the “teeth” (or rather. false teeth) of a Husky defense that has allowed over SEVENTY-TWO percent completions and 18 touchdowns. Willingham’s team is dead last in Division I football against the pass.

So Notre Dame’s relative lack of a running game does not hurt them a hell of a lot here. And Charlie Weis seems content to let Clausen throw it up early and often – in fact, a total of 164 times in the last four games. Clausen is not in bad form. Yes, he will throw the occasional interception, but in the last two weeks he’s covered a lot through the air, with 730 yards. Sophomore Golden Tate got back to work last Saturday against North Carolina, with 121 yards receiving.

This is all too much for the Huskies, and Willingham, who unfortunately may not be around long after this. We’re laying the points with Notre Dame, the 11-point favorite in the BetUS NCAA college football betting odds.

Our PLAY: NOTRE DAME -11 **

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