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Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish are heavy underdogs in two biggest road games in 2019

Early lines suggest disaster.

Jafar Armstrong
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We are sitting in March with one of the biggest sporting events of the year just a few days away, and we are going to talk about betting lines for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team for a quick moment.

The betting site, has some of the spreads listed for the college football games that are scheduled this fall. For the Irish, there are three games of note:

Notre Dame last played Georgia in 2017, and the game went down to the wire (the debate whether it was a one point or one possession loss is insignificant... insert lol). As heartbreaking as that loss was, it helped prove that Notre Dame was a much better team than what they produced in 2016 with that 4-8 record. It’s also the game we best remember, maybe, for the red invasion as Georgia played north for the first time in like 40 years (or something close to that).

In 2018, Notre Dame was an underdog to Michigan in South Bend. The Irish came out swinging, and despite the 7 point win, the game was never really close to being in jeopardy thanks to a killer Irish pass rush, and the steady play of quarterback Brandon Wimbush. It was also the coming out party for Jafar Armstrong as a running back. Although ESPN later claimed that the game didn’t count, it actually did. Notre Dame is on a 2 game winning streak vs Michigan with the other win coming in 2014 by the score of 37-0 (REMEMBER THE SIX).

Notre Dame has punished the Trojans during USC’s last few visits to South Bend. The Irish have outscored USC 90-45 in those two meetings, and nothing suggests that this year should be much different. The Jeweled Shillelagh will be on the line again, and Brian Kelly has really turned up the heat in rivalry trophy games.

Those three games represent the 3 biggest games (most likely) that Notre Dame will have in 2019. It would be fair to include the Stanford Cardinal in that conversation as the Irish go out to Palo Alto this year, and they have not won there since 2007.

So what do you think? Are these lines fair? Are you running to place a bet right now — especially with those points they are getting in Ann Arbor against another BS Michigan team coached by Jim Harbaugh?