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Falcons host Fighting Irish in Week 9 action

Notre Dame Fighting IrishAir Force Falcons
5-2October 26, 2013, 05:00 | Falcon Stadium1-6

The visiting Fighting Irish hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Falcon Stadium against the Falcons.

The Falcons currently sport a record of 1-6, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-5 ATS. The Fighting Irish are 5-2 and 1-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Falcons post a 4-3 over under record this season, while the Fighting Irish have gone 4-3 against the number.

View Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Air Force Falcons Odds and Stats.

The game pits the Falcons, currently No. 113 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Fighting Irish, who rate No. 51 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 28-14 victory for the Fighting Irish.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 14-10 winner at home against Southern Cal. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (24) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Anthony LaCoste went over the 100-yard mark (109) in his team's latest effort, but San Diego State still defeated Air Force by a score of 27-20.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Air Force's No. 88-ranked offense (24.71 PPG) against a Fighting Irish defense that ranks No. 44 at 23.29 PPG. The Falcons passing attack has averaged 102.29 yards per game, less than the Fighting Irish give up through the air (244.86 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Fighting Irish feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 102 yards per game. Air Force, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.

A few Fighting Irish at Falcons trends to consider:
Notre Dame is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 6 games on the road
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Air Force
Air Force is 1-7-1 SU in its last 9 games
Air Force is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Air Force is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Air Force's last 5 games when playing Notre Dame

Next up:
Notre Dame at Navy, Saturday, November 2nd
Air Force at Army, Saturday, November 2nd