In a renewal of a great rivalry that pitted Coach Holtz' holier-than-thou Fighting Irish against the “hoodlums” from the U 25 years ago, unbeaten Notre Dame takes on 4-1 Miami Saturday night at Soldier Field in Chicago (7:30 pm ET, NBC).
Notre Dame opened as a 12- or 13-point favorite for this game, with a total of 51. But as of Friday, the Irish had been bumped to -14 at most college football betting outlets tracked by OddsShark.com, while the total had been boosted to 53.
If you think Miami can't possibly cover two touchdowns, you only need to go back in history two weeks to find them turning the trick at Georgia Tech.
Miami opened this season with a 41-32 win over Boston College, then got punked at Kansas State 52-13. But since then, the 'Canes have won three straight, beating Bethune-Cookman 38-10, the aforementioned Georgia Tech 42-36 in overtime and NC State 44-37 on a 62-yard Stephen Morris touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the game.
On the season, though, Miami has scored 20 touchdowns, allowed 21 TDs and been outrushed on average 226-144.
However, quarterback Morris has thrown for the amazing total of 1,002 yards over the last two games.
Notre Dame, meanwhile, opened this year with a 50-10 win over Navy in Ireland, then beat Purdue 20-17, then won at Michigan State 20-3. Then two weeks ago, the Irish forced six Michigan turnovers in beating the Wolverines 13-6 in South Bend.
Notre Dame had last week off.
Through their first four games, the Irish defense has allowed a total of three touchdowns.
Notre Dame pulled starting quarterback Everett Golson in the Michigan game, replacing him with Tommy Rees, who directed the Irish to their only touchdown drive. But Golson is expected to start Saturday night.
These teams last met two years ago in the Sun Bowl, with Notre Dame coming away with a 33-17 victory.
Free Pick: This game matches a prolific passing game against one of the better defenses in the country. In cases like this, we typically side with defense, so we'll give the points and go with the Irish. (courtesy of PickShark.com)