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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 2
(1-0) Toledo Rockets vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Time: 2:30 pm EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Rockets +16.5, Fighting Irish -16.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Rockets +800 Fighting Irish -1250
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 55
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be playing their 2021 home opener against the Toledo Rockets.
Unsurprisingly, Notre dame is a considerable favorite in this one. They started off around 12.5 point favorites, but that has jumped to 16.5 now.
The total has seemed to stay at a consensus 55 points. Of course, that number could change as the week goes on.
The Rockets opened their campaign in good fashion with a 49-10 win over Norfolk State on Saturday. They will see much tougher competition when they walk into Notre Dame.
The offene was free flowing for them a week ago. Carter Bradley went 8-11 for 183 yards and 1 touchdown. The running game was not great, but it did enough. The Irish have a good defense, but it is vulnerable. I would not be surprised if the Rockets score some points in this one.
The defense was also very good in the opener. They allowed a lone touchdown in the first quarter and a field goal in the fourth. They will try and build on that when going against this explosive offense of Notre Dame.
If the Rockets prove they can hang tough with the Irish early on, then it could be a good one, but I think the more likely scenario is Notre Dame will slowly take over as the game progresses.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Sunday night was no easy task as the Irish went into Tallahassee and beat the Seminoles 41-38. It was a good start for Notre Dame and they now come into this matchup as the #8 team in the nation.
Jack Coan was very impressive in his first start with this program. He went 26/35 and threw 4 touchdown passes. I look for him to have similar success when going against the Rockets.
Somebody who did not have a great to start to their year was running back Kyren Williams. He rushed 18 times for 42 yards. He will look to be better in this game against Toledo and I expect him to be. He will likely get a healthy diet of runs.
One trait that Notre Dame football teams often have are strong defenses. Do not get me wrong, it can still be good this year, but they did get carved up for 38 points against an average Florida State team. I look for this unit to be much better against the Rockets.
This is the first time the Irish will be playing in front of a full capacity stadium at home since the 2019 season. I expect them to feed off of the lively crowd and take down the Rockets.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Toledo is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone over in 9 of Toledo’s last 13 games.
- The total has gone over in 5 of Toledo’s last 6 games on the road.
- Toledo is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.
- Notre Dame is 17-2 SU in their last 19 games.
- Notre Dame is 20-0 SU in their last 20 games at home.
- Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Mid-American Conference
- The total has gone over in Notre Dame’s last 9 games played in September.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
I like Notre Dame to win their 2nd game and for the total to go over 55 points.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Over 55 points
I feel good with the over off 55 points in this game. Both of these teams have played well to the over recently. When the Irish played Florida state in week 1, the over in that game cashed easily as the combined number of points was 79. I have a hard time seeing the Toledo defense slowing down Notre Dame. This does not seem to be a defensive type of game to me.
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