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Will Notre Dame finally look like a program on the rise? All indications are yes as the Irish bring back a wealth of experience from the '08 team that snapped the university's 15-year losing streak in bowl games. ND opens as a 15-point favorite to offensi



2009-09-04

Will Notre Dame finally look like a program on the rise? All indications are yes as the Irish bring back a wealth of experience from the '08 team that snapped the university's 15-year losing streak in bowl games. ND opens as a 15-point favorite to offensively-prolific Nevada, out of the WAC. Betting action seems to be split, and heavy for that matter, on this intriguing game. Follow the latest breakdown on the BETTING TRENDS page.

Charley Weis has had a tumultuous time at Notre Dame and if things haven't been challenging enough, this billboard popped up in South Bend this week.

-Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the fifth year of his college coaching internship.

The billboard was paid for by a former Irish football player from the late 1960's, which was taken down later this week. That sentiment is held by more than one alumni and this the season Weis has to prove he should be the coach in South Bend beyond this season. The offense should have no problems scoring points with triggerman Jimmy Clausen and arguably the best receiver group in the country. The defense will have much to say what direction the Fighting Irish move, being talented and athletic (a rarity), but inexperienced. Notre Dame is 7-13 ATS as home favorites in the Weis regime.

Nevada will receive rare national exposure traveling to South Bend on the first Saturday in September. The country will learn about the Pistol offense, run expertly by QB Colin Kaepernick. The 6'6 junior has a good arm and loping stride that chews up yards in the open field. His backfield partner is RB Vai Taua, who is coming off 1,521-yards season. On defense, the Wolf Pack are relentless pass rushers and will test Clausen's composure. If they don't rattle the junior QB, it could get ugly, as Nevada was 119th among 119 FBS schools in past defense last year and has to face this Irish contingent. Coach Chris Ault's club is 2-7 ATS the last five years against ranked teams.

Notre Dame opened as 8-10-point favorites depending on where you looked and were quickly lifted to current status. The Wolf Pack is 16-25 ATS as dogs of 10 or more points.

Notre Dame can't overlook Nevada who can score. This is important year for coach Weis or its back to the NFL. Notre Dame just 3-13 ATS against non-BCS schools at home.


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