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It wasn’t a bye but it sure seemed like it. After a pair of grueling games against ranked foes Georgia and Virginia, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cruised to an easy, 52-0, win over Bowling Green, covering the whopping 45.5-point closing line for their second straight ATS win after three losses to open the year. The Irish have another difficult two-game stretch starting with Saturday’s Week 7 tilt against the USC Trojans, however it’s not nearly as daunting as the one recently concluded. Notre Dame has won two straight and three of the last four meetings in the long standing rivalry with USC and the Irish opened as an 11.5-point favorite on the College Football betting line to extend their streak.
2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +15000 (Oct. 1)
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish -10.5
USC Trojans +10.5
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You can throw out the records and stats when these two teams get together. They’ve played annually since 1946 and Saturday’s tilt is the 91st all-time meeting. Notre Dame has had the better of the results recently winning two in row and six of nine since ending USC’s eight-game winning streak in 2010. And if last year’s game is any indication, it doesn’t matter how good or bad the teams are it’s always a dogfight.
We typically don’t see teams have a letdown when playing a game of this magnitude in a rivalry context. But the Irish could be overlooking USC. We saw a number of regulars take some time off during last week’s blowout win over Bowling Green and the Trojans have experienced some turbulent times this season. And while last week was essentially a bye, the real thing comes after the USC matchup, which could have some Notre Dame players looking beyond the task at hand. You know darn well the Trojans are going to be fired up and if the Irish don’t match the intensity they could be staring at another loss that would end their hopes of a repeat CFP berth.
While a majority of starters rested in the second half of last week’s game, Kelly challenged them to be their best while on the field. Ian Book got the message. After not throwing a touchdown pass in the win over Virginia, Book tossed a career-best five – all in the first half. Book took a seat midway through the third with more scoring passes than incompletions. He finished 16 of 20 for 261 yards. “Coach challenged us to focus on ourselves. We wanted to go out there and put up some points and have an attention to details,” Book said.
USC had the benefit of a bye to get its house in order. We don’t know who is going to start at quarterback with Kedon Slovis recovering from a concussion. Matt Fink, No. 3 on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, carved up Utah in a 30-23 win, but found it more difficult against a stout Washington secondary in SC’s 28-14 loss prior to the bye. It probably won’t matter much who’s behind center the way the Irish are defending. A week after sacking UVA’s Bryce Perkins eight times, the Irish got to Bowling Green quarterbacks twice and limited the Falcons to 228 yards while posting the first shutout since the 2014 season.
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It wasn’t expected to be much of a game and it wasn’t. Notre Dame spotted rebuilding Bowling Green 45.5-points and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when C’Bo Flemister scampered in from a yard out that the Irish covered, giving backers some anxious moments. The outcome was never in doubt since we all knew Notre Dame was going to win. The question was by how much.
It would have been easy for the Irish to overlook the Falcons with long-time rival USC coming to town. To their credit they didn’t and the game was over early. “They handled themselves like a team that had a vision of what they wanted to accomplish and they went out and they did it,” Brian Kelly said.
After going three-and-out on their first possession, Book led an 80-yard drive capped by his touchdown pass to Tommy Tremble. Book ended the first half with five scoring passes to five different receivers and the Irish had a 35-0 lead at the break. Phil Jurkovec took over in the second half and tossed a TD before Flemister capped the scoring. The Irish finished with 573 total yards. Julian Okwara preserved the shutout with a blocked field goal in the third quarter. “It was awesome,” Okwara said of the blanking.
2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Schedule
||Notre Dame at Louisville
||Monday, September 2
||Notre Dame vs. New Mexico
||Saturday, September 14
||Notre Dame at Georgia
||Saturday, September 21
||Notre Dame vs. Virginia
||Saturday, September 28
||Notre Dame vs. Bowling Green
||Saturday, October 5
||Notre Dame vs. USC
||Saturday, October 12
||Notre Dame at Michigan
||Saturday, October 26
||Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech
||Saturday, November 2
||Notre Dame at Duke
||Saturday, November 9
||Notre Dame vs. Navy
||Saturday, November 16
||Notre Dame vs. Boston College
||Saturday, November 23
||Notre Dame at Stanford
||Saturday, November 30
Notre Dame is one of the most successful college football programs of all-time. The Fighting Irish has been recognized as the national champion in 21 different years and claims 11 national titles themselves. Notre Dame was a juggernaut in the 1940s, 1970s and 1980s. The success was still pretty normal through the 1990s but the program did start taking a step back in the 2000s.
Lou Holtz led the team to its last national title in 1988 and several coaches have tried to get it back there in the ensuing years. Brian Kelly had some issues early in his tenure but he has the program in a good place right now. Notre Dame made the College Football Playoff in 2018 and have hopes of making a push for the national championship this season.
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