Wolverines vs Fighting Irish Betting Report
The Wolverines opened as 3-point home favorites over the Irish in an intriguing Week 2 matchup that will tell us a lot about these two squads.
Notre Dame ended a three-game losing streak to the Wolverines last season in a turnover-filled 13-6 home victory. The win jumpstarted the Irish’s run to the BCS title game.
Irish quarterback Tommy Rees passed for 346 yards, and the defense was impressive in a 28-6 opening win over Temple in Week 1.
Michigan blew out Central Michigan, 59-9, in its opener, behind a balanced attack led by quarterback Devin Gardner.
The Wolverines have won 15 straight home games, going 10-5 against the spread during that stretch. They have also won and covered three straight at home to the Irish.
Michigan Notre Dame Betting Line: Fans backing the Wolverines here saw them open at 5Dimes as 3-point favorites in this college football clash. The total was 52 mid-week at Bovada, check in for updates as the week appproaches Saturday's kick off.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wolverines rated this week at No. 11 and the Fighting Irish sitting at No. 36. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 36-28 result in favor of the Wolverines this week.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan's No. 7-ranked offense (59 PPG) against a Fighting Irish defense that ranks No. 11 at 6 PPG. The Wolverines passing attack has averaged 221 yards per game, less than the Fighting Irish give up through the air (228 YPG on average).
In their last action, Notre Dame was a 28-6 winner at home against Temple. They failed to cover the 27.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (34) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In Notre Dame's last outing, Tommy Rees threw for 346 yards to lead the Fighting Irish over Temple 28-6 at Notre Dame Stadium.
In their last action, Michigan was a 59-9 winner at home against Central Michigan. They covered the 31.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (68) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Central Michigan didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Wolverines as Michigan blasted them 59-9 in Week 1 action.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 9-1
Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3
A few Fighting Irish at Wolverines trends to consider:
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Notre Dame is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Notre Dame's last 13 games
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Notre Dame
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games
Michigan is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Notre Dame at Purdue, Saturday, September 14
Michigan home to Akron, Saturday, September 14