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Notre Dame looks Golden Giving 14 Against BYU

Despite a decade of what many would consider mediocrity, the former power house Fighting Irish are making a legitimate case to be considered one the top teams in college football this season – and potentially – a BCS contender.  Currently ranked #5 by all voting bodies, the Irish will be coming into this one with an undefeated record, which includes 3 victories against ranked opponents.  BYU on the other hand, will be making the trip into South Bend at 4-3, with their latest effort being a decisive 18-point loss against a surprising Oregon State Beavers squad.

Granted, ND’s success so far this year has been largely due to their stout D, led by their emotional leader, and dark horse Heisman candidate, LB Manti T’eo, but the Irish giving 14 seems like the smart play here.   In the past three weeks, the Irish haven’t given up one offensive touchdown, and are presently 2nd in the nation in points allowed, at an almost unbelievably stingy 8.7 PPG.  With the Cougars offense being ranked 81st, and a recent bevy of turnovers from their senior signal caller Riley Nelson, it’s hard to imagine BYU gaining much traction in the air, or on the ground.

A skeptical bettor might point out that the Irish offense has failed to put up more than twenty points in all but two contests this year, which may seem even more troubling considering their starting QB Everett Golson may not play due to a concussion suffered against Stanford last week.  However, their back-up Tommy Rees has plenty of experience, and the Irish have effectively been using a 2 QB system all year.  He may not have the athletic ability to make many big throws, but he is a proven game manager, and has shown himself to be consistent and capable of making safe, yet effective decisions.  If BYU is going to score, they will have to earn it.

Even against a relatively strong BYU D, the Irish could easily parlay what should be constantly superior field position into a couple of offensive touchdowns.  If ND’s D can force the recently shaky Nelson to throw a pick or two, and their kicking game remains as reliable as it has been, they could very logically cover here.  Combined with their consistent and fundamentally sound approach to the game, these factors are definitely pointing to a rather predictable and safe play ATS. Take Notre Dame. Bet this now at Bet Revolution

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