Texas at Notre Dame - 9/5/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (0-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -9.5 Over/Under 54.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in South Bend as they kick off their 2015 college football seasons.
The Texas Longhorns have been on a disappointing run but they did finish the regular season strong and made it to a bowl game where they were promptly stomped by Arkansas. Tyrone Swoopes should be the starter at QB for Texas but coach Charlie Strong is high on Jerrod Heard who will compete for time and might be the eventual starter. The Horns running backs are led by Jonathan Gray but freshman Duke Catalon appears to be the future. Marcus Johnson and Daje Johnson are senior receivers but this is an uninspiring group and the offensive line was just pitiful last year so even with three seniors this group will need to be better. Texas looks good up front on defense with Desmond Jackson back, Peter Jinkins leads the linebacking group but they are hopeful Malik Jefferson can make an early impact while Jason Hall brings the thunder with the big hits at free safety. Texas should be better this season and we should see more of an impact from Strong who is a defensive guy so look for this team to start to get better by simply being tougher and by the talented young players seeing playing time and getting experience.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a disappointing run at the end of the season but finished with an upset win over LSU in their bowl game. ND turns to Malik Zaire at QB now that Everett Golson transferred after he became a turnover machine and while Zaire has the talent, he is light on experience. Notre Dame looks set at RB with Tarean Folston and William Fuller is an emerging star at WR while Durham Smythe could be the next great one at tight end for the Irish. Ronnie Stanley and Nick Martin anchor a veteran Irish offensive line. The Notre Dame defense seemed to fall apart last season when Joe Schmidt went down but he is back as is Sheldon Day and Jaylon Smith as well as KeiVarae Russell who is back from academic suspension. The Irish special teams look anything but special and could be a thorn in the side this season. Overall Brian Kelly has a history of winning and he has a lot of talent to work with so Notre Dame should be at the very least in the mix this season.
Texas is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games against Independents. Notre Dame is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games.
While we have two great college football traditions here, we don’t have two elite teams and while I very much hope to see two resurgent programs looking to take that step back to the college football world’s elite, I believe we see two programs who might be a cut above solid mediocrity who will get run out of the building by the Ohio State’s and TCU’s of he world. With all of that being said this one is probably fairly close so I will take the points and play along with the fallacy that this is one of the big games of the day.