Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Betting
It it’s any consolation the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at least covered the spread in their 31-14 loss to Alabama in the Rose Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game. It was another crushing setback, though, that left more questions about the program in big games. Notre Dame lost its final two games of the season to Clemson in the ACC Championship and to Bama by a combined score of 65-24. Unfortunately the season will be remembered for how it ended rather than how it started. The Irish reached their second playoff by going 10-0 during the regular season with wins over then No. 1 Clemson and ranked North Carolina. They couldn’t keep up with Alabama and finished the season 10-2 SU and 6-6 ATS.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Season
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Season Review
Notre Dame doesn’t have a good history during the BCS/CFP era so it wasn’t a complete surprise to find them as a big underdog to Alabama in the Rose Bowl semifinal game. Their last trip to the playoff saw them lose 30-3 to Clemson and their BCS Championship game with Alabama in 2012 resulted in a 42-14 setback. Here they were again trying to prove everyone wrong, and they failed losing 31-14 to Bama to finish 10-2 SU.
All the success during the regular season was wiped away over the last two games, leaving Brian Kelly to address his team’s failures rather than talk about what the program accomplished. But in the end isn’t it about winning titles? There were a lot of people who doubted Notre Dame heading into the playoff and those so-called experts can pat themselves on the back. But would any other school have a chance against Alabama?
Despite the loss Notre Dame played Alabama better than any other team this season. The defense, which had been a staple of the squad all season, held the Tide to its lowest point total of the season allowing 437 total yards. That may sound like a lot but it was around 100 yards below their season average. And the Irish made their backers happy with a payout, covering the 18.5-point closing line by scoring a touchdown with less than a minute to play. They covered the line in four of their last six games to finish 6-6 ATS.
If anything the recent losses show there is ground to be made up in order to compete with college football’s elite. And the game against Alabama was a sign that the Irish are moving closer. They held their own from a physical standpoint but couldn’t contain the playmakers Clemson and Alabama possess. Over the last two games Notre Dame faced three of the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy and had little success slowing them down. Trevor Lawrence threw for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the ACC title matchup while Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith did a number in the Rose Bowl. Jones had 297 passing yards and four scores with Smith amassing 130 yards and three touchdowns on seven receptions.
It will be interesting to see where the program goes from here. The Irish joined the ACC for the 2020 season to help with scheduling during the COVID pandemic. The move paid off with a regular season title and their first conference championship game. Notre Dame does value its independence and will likely return to that affiliation in the future, though the move was beneficial for both parties. Winning at least 10 games in a fourth straight season also made Kelly the winningest coach in program history.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Weekly Recap
With the closing spread at 18.5 points, the Irish weren’t given much of a chance to beat Alabama in the Rose Bowl. And though they dropped the game 31-14, Notre Dame did cover the line, so there was something positive to come out of it, at least for those who backed the Irish. The game was never in doubt, though.
It wasn’t a good start with Notre Dame forced to punt on the game’s first possession. That quickly resulted in a Bama touchdown with Smith on the receiving end of a 26-yard pass. The Irish failed to move the ball the second time they had it and before the first quarter was over they found themselves trailing 14-0. Notre Dame got back in the game on its third possession driving 75 yards with Kyren Williams capping the drive with a 1-yard plunge. Trailing 21-7 late in the first half the Irish had a chance to cut into the deficit only to have Jonathan Doerer come up short on a 51-yard field goal attempt.
The defense stiffened in the second half allowing just 10 points, but the offense failed to generate anything with an interception, punt and turnover on downs wiping out the first three possessions. Notre Dame got the backdoor cover when Ian Book scored on a 1-yard fun with 56 seconds left in the fourth. Book threw for 229 yards with another 55 on the ground, but the Irish were outgained 437-375.
2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule
||vs. South Florida
||vs. Florida State
||@ Georgia Tech
||W 47-40 (2OT)
||@ Boston College
||@ North Carolina
||vs Clemson (ACC Championship)
||vs Alabama (Semifinal)
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