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Notre Dame vs. Syracuse odds and point spread preview

The clash between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, October 1st at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey could very well be a modern-day Battle of the Boyne – or just a scuffle between two struggling colleges. Either way, it will be a chance to do some bets on NCAA Football.

Notre Dame -10 (-110) 74½ (-110) -400

Syracuse +10 (-110) 74½ (-110) +325

Notre Dame embodies that old saying that goes, “a loss is a win by somebody else.” The Irish are 1-3 (1-2 at home), but two of those losses have been by a three-point margin, most recently a 35-38 heartbreak to the Duke Blue Devils. That was the latest upset for a team who started out ranking 10th and with playoff aspirations, but on which pretty much no one has a guaranteed spot. Head coach Brian Kelly has even said he might play sophomore QB Brandon Wimbush, whom he had planned to redshirt. Notre Dame’s defense allowed 30 or more points versus a Power 5 team for the seventh time in the last nine game, prompting the student section to chant “Fire (defensive coordinator Brian) VanGorden.” Nonetheless, Kelly said the coaching of the defense was one of the few areas he wasn’t disappointed in, admitting Duke was just grittier – sort of like The Dark Knight to Notre Dame’s Batman Forever. Oh, and VanGorden got the boot, anyway.

Syracuse, on the other hand, broke a two-game losing streak with a 31-24 win over the Connecticut Huskies. Senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo – which sounds oddly very similar to what I call my granny when I first started talking – scored two TDs in the first five minutes of play on 57 and 30-yard passes from QB Eric Dungey. Etta-Tawo had 10 more receptions – including a 59-yard catch from the shadow of the Orange’s goal line during a 99-yard fourth quarter drive that secured the win for Syracuse – for 270 yards (his fourth game in a row with at least 100 yards), while Dungey completed 24 more passes for 407 yards.

If Etta-Tawo had his way with UConn defensive back Jamar Summers, NCAA football gambling fans can imagine what he could do with Notre Dame’s secondary. The Fighting Irish defense in general has been, shall we say, slow. In fact, LB Nyles Morgan had Notre Dame’s first sack in the fourth game of the season. It’s pretty safe to say that Our Lady of the Lake allow quite a few yards and points, but the DeShone Kizer-led offense has not scored fewer than 28 points thus far. What’s more, the Irish have dropped off the AP Poll as well as the Coaches’ Poll, and if that was not bad enough in and of itself, they will have to wait until next season to secure a berth in the College Football Playoff. All of which is to say while Syracuse and head coach Dino Babers will want to make a name for themselves at the expense of Notre Dame, the fact is that the Irish have not a lot left to lose, and that – as NCAA football gambling fans might surmise – makes them dangerous.

Garry loves writing, editing and ranking keywords in the search engines. His passion for basketball, football, baseball and other sports has led him to write. He has been writing and promoting his blogs in the past seven years.

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