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Notre Dame vs. Georgia Betting Preview: Odds, Predictions, and Picks
21st September, 16:09There's good news for Notre Dame critics this week as the Fighting Irish travel to Georgia for a matchup between two Top 10 teams that, well, frankly, not too many believe they can win. Many PA sports betting sites have Notre Dame as much as a two touchdown underdog, including over at FOX Bet, where the Bulldogs currently sit at -14 as of early Saturday morning. Let's get into it in our Notre Dame-Georgia betting preview.
Despite racing out to a 12-0 start a season ago, which included a convincing 38-17 September win over then No. 7 Stanford, Notre Dame heard all of the familiar doubts about their legitimacy as it charged its way into the College Football Playoff.
Then the Irish were blown out by Clemson in the semifinal.
If Notre Dame wants to ensure a shot at redemption, then its going to have to find a way tonight, and as for the school's detractors that don't want to see the Fighting Irish occupy one of the final four playoff spots come late-December, well, you better hope Georgia puts it on them because this is, by far, their toughest test.
Notre Dame's late-October matchup against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor could be problematic. But Michigan once again looks vulnerable, and it's hard to imagine the November run of Virginia Tech, Duke, Navy, Boston College and Stanford will stand in their way.
Who's going to get it done tonight, and which team will cover the spread? Here's how to bet it.
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It will be Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson on the call in this one with sideline reports from Jamie Erdahl.
Here are the current Notre Dame-Georgia odds at the top legal online sportsbooks as of 10 a.m. Saturday morning:
Projection systems such as FPI aren't always accurate predictors of a game's outcome, but we like to take a look at how different models stack up against the implied probability of moneyline odds to see if any potential betting value exists. If there's such a pronounced disparity in the numbers, there could be an opportunity for bettors to hammer.
ESPN's FPI index gives Georgia a 67.3% win probability.
The Georgia moneyline of -650 at FanDuel carries an implied win probability of 86.7%, so in relation to the FPI number, they're wildly overpriced on the moneyline.
As for Notre Dame, the +470 payout carries a 17.5% win probability, which is significantly less than the 32.7% FPI win probability, so there's quite a bit of moneyline value on Notre Dame here.
Nearly 100,000 people will pack Sanford Stadium in Athens tonight to watch two Top 10 teams with championship aspirations go head-to-head.
The stakes are high with the loser, particularly if it's Notre Dame, potentially finding itself on the outside looking in when the dust settles from the playoff chaos come December.
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Notre Dame enters having won 15 of its last 16 contests, the lone blemish coming in its final game last season, a 30-3 thumping in the CFP Semifinal at the hands of eventual champion Clemson. Tonight, they'll have the opportunity to earn some respect and avenge a bitter 20-19 loss to Georgia in South Bend two seasons ago if they can vanquish a Top 5 team on the road for the first time in 14 years.
The Bulldogs don't figure to be a willing opponent. Georgia enters at 3-0 and is outscoring teams by a 148-23 margin.
Headlining this showdown is the quarterback matchup, and it should be fun to watch.
Georgia's Jake Fromm enters completing 75% of his passes for 5 touchdowns and 0 picks, while Notre Dame's Ian Book has already rushed for over 100 yards and two scores while averaging over 19 yards per completion.
And yet, this game may come down to whether or not Notre Dame's defensive line can keep Georgia's dynamic run game in check. Led by star running back D'Andre Swift and a powerful offensive line, the Bulldogs are rushing for over 286 yards per game, good for the eighth-most among FBS teams.
This spread has gotten a bit out of hand. It opened with Georgia as a 12-point favorite at several sportsbooks earlier this week. FPI indicates this game could be much closer than what the betting market suggests. Notre Dame is one of the most balanced teams in the country and has plenty of talent, including a defensive line that can flat-out get after the quarterback. SEC bias and Notre Dame's absolutely abysmal performance in last year's CFP Semifinal are undoubtedly impacting the way the public views this game.
The huge point spread jumps out here, so I wanted to know how huge favorites in games between two Top 10 teams have historically performed in this spot. I wasn't surprised by what I found:
So what's the takeaway? Huge favorites in games between two Top 10 teams have been a good bet.
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Georgia excels at home. The Bulldogs have won 15 straight games in Athens by an average of nearly 30 points per game.
Georgia is Good When it Counts the Most
Dating back to the start of the 2016 season, the Bulldogs have gone 12-5 ATS against ranked teams.
Georgia is also 11-4 ATS over its last 15 games against opponents that enter with winning records.
As of 10 a.m. Saturday morning, 59% of the spread bets and 73% of the spread money is on Georgia across all reporting legal markets.
As for the total, 53% of totals bets and 56% of the money is on the over, so if you like to go against the money, Notre Dame and the under it is.
I don't see any scenario in which Georgia loses this football game. Its powerful offensive line should slow a talented group of Notre Dame edge rushers, and I have questions about the ability of the Fighting Irish's interior defensive line to slow Swift and the rest of the Bulldogs' rushing attack.
The aforementioned trends about big favorites being successful in Top 10 matchups are a concern, but Notre Dame has enough talent and should be plenty motivated enough to keep this game respectable.