Free Week 1 Prediction: Owls vs Fighting Irish Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Temple Owls vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Notre Dame -17.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games.
The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games takes place at Notre Dame Stadium between the Temple Owls and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, both teams who have high hopes for this season.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2015. Notre Dame won that game by a final score of 24-20.
The Temple Owls had a really nice 2016 season finishing with a 10-4 record and in first place in the American East. But they had a lot of changes this off season, and the biggest one was their head coach leaving for Baylor.
They brought in Geoff Collins, the former defensive coordinator at Florida to lead the ship. They have a lot of questions coming into this season, and a lot of the experts have mixed feelings on how they will do that year.
The biggest question they have though is at the quarterback position. No one has really separated themselves during training camp and it sounds like they have a quarterback by committee, at least for the first season.
On the defensive side they lost the heart and soul of their defense in Haason Reddick who was taken with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft.
To win this game they are going to need to get good production out of the quarterback, and that needs to set the tone for the rest of the game.
The one thing they can’t do is rely on the defense to carry them, or this game could get ugly.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
On the other side of this match up is the Notre Dame fighting Irish, who really need a good year, or Brian Kelly might be canned after this year.
They finished with a 4-8 record in 2016 and it honestly could have been a lot worse. For as bad as they performed as a team, they really could have lost almost all of the games.
The strength of this team is going to be the offensive line, which usually is a strength of the Irish. The question though is if the skill players around the line will be able to do enough to have success this season.
For the Fighting Irish to have success in this game, they just need to play well. They are the better team in this match up and they can’t overthink it.
They need to get out to a fast start too. If they get out to a slow start, last year could start creeping up on them and they could be upset.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- TEM are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in September.
- TEM are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 vs. INDEP.
- Under is 7-3 in TEM last 10 non-conference games.
- ND are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf.
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Notre Dame is the better team in this match up, there is no question about that.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Temple ATS
I think that Temple will stick around though, and keep it close.
The Fighting Irish will win, but the Owls will cover the spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Notre Dame 27 – Temple 20
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