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College Football Gambling: Notre Dame parts ways with defensive coordinator

09.27.2016     08:20 AM     Printer Friendly
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In keeping with the "house cleaning" theme for today, Notre Dame announced the firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following Saturday's 38-35 loss to Duke. With a backup quarterback, the Blue Devils waltzed into South Bend and nearly 500 yards. This is the same team that scored a combined 27 points in losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern. The remainder of the Irish's schedule looks daunting from a defensive perspective. This week's foe, Syracuse, is playing at a pace Notre Dame has shown no ability to contain. North Carolina State and Miami haven't played anyone but are putting up points in bunches. Navy and Army aren't ideal for a stop unit that struggles to tackle. And Virginia Tech's up-tempo offense is starting to take hold with 103 points the last two weeks against Boston College and East Carolina.


“When you guys ask me those questions certainly that's not the time or place to get into debates about your coaching staff. I make those decisions clearly

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Tags: College Football Notre Dame Fighting Irish




College Football Betting Preview: Duke Blue Devils at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

09.22.2016     10:51 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Duke at Notre Dame
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - CBS
CRIS Opener:
Notre Dame -21.5 O/U 58
CRIS Current: Notre Dame -20.5 O/U 60.5
Recommendation: Under

For the second time in three games, Notre Dame's defense was gashed for big yards and big points. Texas rolled up 50 on the Irish in Week 1 and then Michigan State hung 36 and 6.42 yards per play in last week's 36-28 upset win. Needless to say, most of the media coverage this week has centered around Notre Dame's ongoing defensive struggles that date back to last year. Against their last four power conference opponents (Stanford, Ohio State, Texas, and Michigan State), the Irish have allowed 42 ppg. Last year, the excuse was injuries and lack of depth. This year, it's the secondary with multiple key players out. According to Brian Kelly, the main problem is simply not performing up to snuff.

But the situation this week is far more favorable as Duke comes to town. The Blue Devils managed only 27 points in back-to-back losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern. Freshman quarterback Daniel Jones has been serviceable with 61% completions but he's not Read more



Tags: College Football Duke Blue Devils ACC Notre Dame Fighting Irish Andrew Lange




College Football Handicapping: Notre Dame secondary is now ultra-thin

09.14.2016     09:51 AM     Printer Friendly
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Keep an eye on Notre Dame's secondary with a handful of key starters injured or suspended. The Irish allowed 280 yards on 10.4 yards per attempt in Week 1's 50-47 loss to Texas. The schedule, though, looks pretty quarterback friendly moving forward. Their next two opponents, Michigan State and Duke, are breaking in new signal callers. The same holds true for NC State, Stanford, Virginia Tech, and USC. There's also not much to worry about with back-to-back games against Navy and Army in November. The only experienced and established passing quarterback Notre Dame will face will be Miami's Brad Kaaya. A little easier than last season after facing the likes of Clemson's Deshaun Watson, USC's Cody Kessler, Stanford's Kevin Hogan, and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett.




Tags: College Football Notre Dame Fighting Irish




College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-14-2016: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

06.14.2016     10:33 AM     Printer Friendly
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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured handicapper Drew Martin. Drew broke down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who finished 10-3 last season and are priced among the top betting favorites to reach the College Football Playoffs.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DREW'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/14
Handicapper: Drew Martin
Team: Notre Dame
2015 Record: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 7-6 O/U
Season O/U Wins: 9ov-135
Odds to Win Title: +1900
Odds to Make 4-Team Playoff: +550
Week 1 Line: -3.5 at Texas

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.




Tags: College Football Notre Dame Fighting Irish Drew Martin




College Basketball Free Betting Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

03.11.2016     11:08 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Notre Dame vs. North Carolina -7 O/U 158.5
Recommendation: Over


Roy Williams always wants his team to play fast, and in neutral court settings, Williams has been an Over machine: 20-7 to the Over in the Tar Heels last 27 neutral site games.  North Carolina really pushed the pace yesterday against Pitt, hanging 88 points on the generally slower paced Panthers.  Perhaps most importantly, North Carolina’s struggling three point shooters – Marcus Paige and Joel Berry – both hit multiple three pointers, enjoying the friendly Verizon Center court.

When these two teams played in the ACC Tournament Championship Game last year, we saw a truly wild shootout, with the Irish winning 90-82.  The old joke about Roy Williams having a tee time set for the Saturday of the ACC tournament – a coach who historically has placed much more importance on the Big Dance than the conference tourney – simply isn’t the case this year.  North Carolina has something to prove and something to gain in this year’s tourney; not a throwaway game for the Tar Heels by any stretch of the imagination this time Read more



Tags: College Basketball Notre Dame Fighting Irish North Carolina Tar Heels Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting: Notre Dame seeks better defensive effort

01.07.2016     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly
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Skim through the defensive numbers of Ken Pom's top 50 and you don't see many teams allowing over a point per possession. In fact, only three hold the dubious honor, the worst of which Notre Dame. The Irish are surrendering 1.03 ppp which ranks 196th nationally. Last time out, Notre Dame allowed 77 points on only 58 possessions in a loss at Virginia. No better time than tonight to post a strong defensive effort with Boston College on the slate. The Eagles rank 298th in offensive efficiency.


“We need to raise it on the defensive end,” said junior guard Demetrius Jackson. “It's attention to detail. It's defense as a whole that we've got to get better at and use our abilities, our length and just be better on that end.”

“We've got to go out there and play defense as five, gotta play with more heart, just gotta play harder,” Colson said. “It was a huge reality-check.”






Tags: College Basketball Notre Dame Fighting Irish Boston College Eagles




Fiesta Bowl Betting Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

12.30.2015     09:16 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Fiesta Bowl - Glendale, AZ
Notre Dame vs. Ohio State
Friday, Janaury 1, 10 am PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Ohio State -6.5 O/U 54
CRIS Current: Ohio State -6 O/U 56.5
Recommendation: Notre Dame

From tradition, competitive and ability standpoints, this is a terrific draw for the Fiesta Bowl. My power ratings suggest that these are two of the top eight teams in the nation so of the 38 non-playoff Bowls, it’s as close to a CFB Playoff caliber game as there is on the schedule. The game does not feature any real situational angle but you could make a small case that Notre Dame has a motivational advantage since the Buckeyes are a bit disappointed to not be in the four team playoff. However, this New Year’s Day stage and this opponent likely negate that. Fundamental matchups should determine the best way to play this one so let’s take a look at a couple keys.

It’s been a tough month for Ohio State which has seen some personnel losses due to injury and off field issues. A team imposed suspension will cost them starting sr. DT Adolphus Washington and combined with the injury Read more



Tags: College Football Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Rob Veno




AAC Championship Betting Preview: Temple Owls at Houston Cougars

12.04.2015     10:52 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Temple at Houston
Saturday, 9 am PT - ABC
CRIS Opener:
Houston -6.5 O/U 57
CRIS Current: Houston -5.5 O/U 54.5
Recommendation: Temple

Houston played a near perfect game last Friday against Navy; executing brilliantly on both sides of the football.  QB Greg Ward, who had been banged up, on the field for only a single series the previous week in a loss at UConn, played the game of his life.  Houston converted on 16 of their 19 third down tries, while going 2-for-2 on fourth down, thanks to one perfectly placed pass after the next from the junior converted wide receiver.  Ward finished the game 26-for-35 for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and he scampered for 83 more yards on the ground.  The Cougars didn’t commit a single turnover and they scored touchdowns on seven of their nine possessions.

That ain’t gonna happen this week; not against Temple’s stout stop unit.  Navy’s effort was there last week, but their talent level, team speed and execution were not.  Temple has no issues whatsoever in any of those three areas.  The Owls have a Read more



Tags: College Football Temple Owls Houston Astros AAC Teddy Covers




College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

10.14.2015     10:44 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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USC at Notre Dame
Saturday, 4:30 pm PT - NBC
CRIS Opener:
Notre Dame -4 O/U 61
CRIS Current: Notre Dame -6.5 O/U 60.5
Recommendation: Over

The USC Trojans will be looking to take the first step in turning the page on the Steve Sarkisian era as they travel to South Bend to face Notre Dame in this annual rivalry battle. USC fired Sarkisian this past week and stepping in for the second time as interim head coach will be Clay Helton who did the same when Ed Orgeron left the team after the 2013 regular season. From multiple accounts, the players have shown positive support for Helton moving forward. Kenny Bigelow: "We have a lot of older guys here now that are able and old enough and mature enough to step up and get everybody rallied behind Coach Helton as we go forward." Connor Spears: "We all kind of know what we have to do, and I think Helton's going to do a tremendous job of keeping us in line and making sure we perform."

USC’s last game was an ugly 17-12 loss to Washington last Thursday night as double-digit favorites. It’s unclear just how Read more



Tags: College Football USC Trojans PAC-12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ian Cameron




College Football Betting Preview: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Tigers

10.06.2015     08:14 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports

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Georgia Tech at Clemson
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - ESPN2
CRIS Opener:
Clemson -8.5 O/U 56.5
CRIS Current: Clemson -6.5 O/U 54.5
Recommendation: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech's season is heading in the wrong direction after three straight losses including last week's meltdown against North Carolina. There are concerns for the Yellow Jackets on both sides of the football. With a shaky offensive line and limited playmakers, Tech produced a pedestrian 4.6 yards per play against Notre Dame, Duke, and North Carolina. And on the flip side, the defense allowed 6.4 ypp during that span. Perhaps the most glaring stat, one that Tech has thrived at under Paul Johnson, is third down conversions. The offense is built to be put in 3rd and short situations where it can pick up easy first downs and thus control the clock. Last season, the Yellow Jackets converted on 58% of their third downs which was the best mark in the country by over 5%. This season they are at 35% and an even worse 28% against the aforementioned three teams. That speaks volumes about Tech's lack of offensive weaponry.

Clemson (4-0) meanwhile is Read more



Tags: College Football Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Clemson Tigers ACC OTTO Sports



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