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Notre Dame Football: Betting Lines for Navy Game Plus Championship Odds

The Irish are more than three touchdown favorites. Will they cover against the time-sucking triple option of Navy?

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0) are 24-point favorites Saturday in their neutral-site matchup against the Navy Midshipmen (2-5), according to oddsmakers.

The over/under — or number of combined points scored by these two teams — is 54.5. That suggests a 39-15 Irish victory.

The OddsShark computer is predicting a closer contest, with the Irish prevailing 35-22. If that were the final result, bettors holding slips for Notre Dame on the money line, Navy against the spread and for the over would be winners.

If you are considering betting this game, here are some trends from OddsShark:

  • Notre Dame is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games when playing Navy.
  • The total has gone over in six of Notre Dame’s last eight games against Navy.

The Action Network’s Steve Petrella says Navy is 33-14 against the spread as a 20-plus point underdog since 1980.

“Defending the triple-option is probably like trying to tackle Jell-O, if that Jell-O was also taunting you because you couldn’t stop it,” wrote Petrella. “It moves and shifts its shape, and when you think you’ve wrestled it down, it’s an extra five yards down the field in a manageable third-down situation.”

That sounds about right. Navy is having trouble moving the ball this year, but I still don’t trust the Irish to cover this four score spread with limited possessions.

Here are the betting lines for all of Notre Dame’s 2018 opponents. The Michigan Wolverines are off this week.

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 implosion of the Ohio State Buckeyes helped improved the Irish’s championship odds at the Westgate Superbook from 8-to-1 to 7-to-1.

The Michigan Wolverines’ late beatdown of “little brother” Michigan State Wolverines — combined with the Buckeyes’ loss — improved their championship odds from 25-to-1 to 12-1. That’s the most favorable odds since before their Week 1 loss to Notre Dame.

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


I couldn’t find Heisman odds from Westgate, the superbook I’ve been using for weeks, online. So here are the odds from Bovada: