The No. 7 ranked Miami Hurricanes (8-0) will host the No. 3 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1) in one of the biggest games on tap for Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8:00 EST under the lights at Hard Rock Stadium and will be televised nationally on ABC.
Oddsmakers currently have the Fighting Irish listed as a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 57.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 11 betting odds, plus more links to our game previews.
Notre Dame vs Miami (FL) Betting Preview & Vegas Odds
The Irish come into this one off a 48-37 home win over Wake Forest, but failed to cover for their backers as a 14.5-point favorite. It actually looked like they were in prime shape to cover, as they led 31-10 at the half and 48-23 with under 10 minutes to play in the 4th quarter. To the Demon Deacons credit, they didn’t give up, scoring two touchdowns to close the gap to 11, including a cover-clinching score with just 51 seconds left to play.
The Hurricanes got their first real test of the season and passed with flying colors. Miami defeated then No. 13 Virginia Tech 28-10 at home, easily covering as a slim 1.5-point favorite. The Hurricanes big plays on offense and 4 forced Hokies turnovers paved the way for the victory. The cover snapped a 3-game skid against the spread, as Miami is just 4-4 ATS on the season despite their perfect 8-0 record.
Neither team was ranked in last year’s meeting at Notre Dame, which came right down to the wire with the Irish escaping 30-27 on a field goal in the final minute of regulation.
Free College Football Pick Against the Betting Spread: Notre Dame -3
Miami head coach Mark Richt has done an amazing job getting the Hurricanes back in the national spotlight, but I think their perfect season comes to a crashing end on Saturday. In fact, I actually think we are getting some great value here with Notre Dame only laying a field goal.
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Not to take anything away from the Hurricanes, who are a really good team, I believe the Irish are an elite team. Whether or not you agree likely depends on how a big a believe you are in Georgia, who handed Notre Dame their only loss of the season. I agree with the playoff committee and feel the Bulldogs are the best team in the country and given it took a late field goal for Georgia to beat Notre Dame 20-19, I feel Notre has to be treated like they are in the same class.
Let’s also not forget the Irish have not just beaten some other great teams, but won convincingly against them. That includes a 38-18 win at Michigan State, 49-14 win at home over USC and a 35-14 win at home over NC State. I don’t feel that Miami is in that same class these 3 teams and maybe even worse. The Hurricanes could just as easily be 6-2, as they had miracle wins against both FSU and Georgia Tech. I also don’t think the win over Virginia Tech is as big a statement as others. In fact, I had Miami in that game, and a big reason why was I thought the Hokies were overrated.
I also like the matchup here. As good as Miami has been defensively, they haven’t seen anything close to what they are going to see from an offensive line like they will on Saturday from Notre Dame. This defense has pushed a lot of their opponents around and I think they have a hard time dealing with the fact that it’s them that’s getting pushed around on the field. As for Notre Dame’s defense is really good too and they do a really good job of not allowing the big plays and those big plays are really all that’s kept Miami’s offense from blowing this perfect season. Give me Notre Dame -3.