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What Though The Odds: Week 8 Betting Lines for Notre Dame’s Opponents Plus Championship and Heisman Odds

Will USC continue building its CFP resume? Who will own bragging rights in Michigan?

Arizona State v Stanford Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Two of Notre Dame’s opponents — one past, one future — will be playing each other at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

The 3-3 Florida State Seminoles are a 10 point favorite at home over the 3-3 Wake Forest Demon Deacons, according to oddsmakers. The over/under — or combined number of points expected to be scored by both teams — is set at 60.

The OddsShark computer is expecting a much higher scoring affair, predicting a 39-24 Seminoles triumph. Bettors holding tickets for Florida State on the moneyline, against the spread or for the over would cash in that instance.

The Irish dispatched the Deacons in Week 4, 56-27. They’ll play the Seminoles on Nov. 10 at Notre Dame Stadium.

The week’s closest spread, among Irish opponents, belongs to the Stanford Cardinal. They are 2 12 point favorites as visitors against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

What game will you be watching this weekend? That noon matchup between the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans is probably most appealing to me. But, unlike my colleague, I won’t be rooting for Michigan.

Spreads for Notre Dame’s 2018 Opponents

Team Record ATS Opponent Time Date Network Spread Over/under
Team Record ATS Opponent Time Date Network Spread Over/under
Michigan Wolverines 5-3 No game --- --- --- No line No line
Ball State Cardinals 3-4 at Ohio 7 p.m. Thursday CBS Sports Network Underdog by 10 64
Vanderbilt Commodores 4-3 at Arkansas Noon Saturday SEC Network Favorite by 2 52.5
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 1-4-1 at Louisville Noon Saturday Regional Sports Network Underdog by 2.5 65
Stanford Cardinal 4-2 vs. Washington St. 7 p.m. Saturday Pac-12 Network Favorite by 3 54.5
Virginia Tech Hokies 2-3 vs. Georgia Tech 7:30 p.m. Thursday ESPN Favorite by 3 58.5
Pittsburgh Panthers 3-3 vs. Duke 3:30 p.m. Saturday Regional Sports Network Underdog by 2.5 47
Navy Midshipmen 1-4-1 vs. Notre Dame 8 p.m. Saturday CBS Underdog by 24 54.5
Northwestern Wildcats 3-4 vs. Wisconsin Noon Saturday Big Ten Network Underdog by 6.5 51.5
Florida State Seminoles 3-3 vs. Clemson Noon Saturday ABC Underdog by 17 51
Syracuse Orange 4-2 vs. N.C. State 7 p.m. Saturday ESPN2 Underdog by 2 63.5
USC Trojans 2-5 vs. Arizona St. 3:30 p.m. Saturday ABC/ESPN2 Favorite by 6.5 54


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s odds of winning the College Football Playoff remained at 8-to-1 at Westgate Sportsbook in Las Vegas, despite a harrowing 19-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Of the Irish’s 2018 opponents, only the USC Trojans saw their fortunes changed (at least in oddsmakers’ eyes). After beating the previously undefeated Colorado Buffaloes, the Trojans went from 1000-to-1 odds to 300-to-1 odds as it makes them the leader in the Pac-12 South.

The Trojans are 7 point underdogs to intraconference foe Utah. That game is at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Pac-12 Network.

Championship Odds at Westgate Sportsbook

Team Preseason (8/13) Week 14 (11/26)
Team Preseason (8/13) Week 14 (11/26)
Notre Dame 30-to-1 12-to-1
Alabama 7-to-4 2-to-5
Clemson 4-to-1 7-to-2
Ohio State 6-to-1 20-to-1
Georgia 6-to-1 12-to-1
Oklahoma 20-to-1 20-to-1
UCF Off the board 1000-to-1


The winner of the 2018 Heisman Trophy isn’t going to play against Notre Dame — at least not before the hardware is handed out Dec. 8.

I continue to be perplexed by Westgate’s line on Jafar Armstrong being unchanged at 300-to-1, despite him not playing since Week 4. Armstrong’s nonexistent Heisman bid is scheduled to resume Oct. 27 against the Navy Midshipmen.

Heisman Odds at Westgate Superbook

Player Opening (6/8) Week 1 (8/27) Week 2 (9/4) Week 3 (9/10) Week 4 (9/17) Week 5 (9/24) Week 6 (10/1) Week 7 (10/8) Week 8 (10/15)
Player Opening (6/8) Week 1 (8/27) Week 2 (9/4) Week 3 (9/10) Week 4 (9/17) Week 5 (9/24) Week 6 (10/1) Week 7 (10/8) Week 8 (10/15)
Bryce Love 5-to-1 9-to-2 12-to-1 10-to-1 25-to-1 30-to-1 40-to-1 100-to-1 100-to-1
Shea Patterson 20-to-1 30-to-1 60-to-1 100-to-1 100-to-1 200-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1
Cam Akers 25-to-1 60-to-1 80-to-1 100-to-1 300-to-1 500-to-1 500-to-1 1000-to-1 1000-to-1
Deondre Francois 25-to-1 60-to-1 80-to-1 100-to-1 300-to-1 500-to-1 500-to-1 1000-to-1 1000-to-1
Brandon Wimbush 50-to-1 40-to-1 30-to-1 50-to-1 100-to-1 300-to-1 100-to-1 2000-to-1 2000-to-1
J.T. Daniels 80-to-1 100-to-1 40-to-1 100-to-1 200-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1
Stephen Carr 100-to-1 200-to-1 200-to-1 200-to-1 500-to-1 500-to-1 500-to-1 500-to-1 1000-to-1
Jafar Armstrong 300-to-1 50-to-1 60-to-1 60-to-1 60-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1
Eric Dungey No line No line No line No line 100-to-1 100-to-1 100-to-1 300-to-1 300-to-1