The Texas Longhorns have traditionally started the season off on the right foot, with the team going 10-1 SU in their past 11 season openers. The lone loss in that span came last season when the Longhorns got trounced 38-3 against Notre Dame. Texas will have a chance to avenge that loss to open the 2016 season, as they take on the Fighting Irish.
- Texas is 3-7 ATS in their past 10 games as underdogs.
- Notre Dame has gone 10-0 in their past 10 games as favorites.
- Tyrone Swoopes led Texas in rushing touchdowns last season with 12.
Texas hired Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator this offseason to try and rejuvenate a listless pass attack. The Texas running game should be fine with the duo of D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III chewing up defenses, but it’s the quarterback play that will be vital. Both Tyrone Swoopes and Shane Buechele are expected to see snaps at quarterback against Notre Dame.
Everyone is going to talk about the quarterback situation, but it’s the rest of the offense that is the real question mark for Notre Dame. The Irish watched their leading rusher and four of their top five receivers exit the program during the offseason – so somebody will need to step up. There is tons of potential, but whichever QB ends up getting the bulk of the snaps will need some help.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans going with the Texas Longhorns in this game found them listed as 2.5-point underdogs on the betting odds menu at 5Dimes earlier in the week.
A 36-29 result in favor of the Fighting Irish is the prediction by the Odds – Shark
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Texas Longhorns Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Sunday, as they are 0-0 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Texas Longhorns are 0-0 ATS. Notre Dame is 0-0 against the over under total, while Texas is 0-0 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Notre Dame injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 84 (Texas Longhorns) and the No. 18 (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds – Shark
The game also pits Texas’s No. -ranked offense, averaging PPG, against a Notre Dame defense that ranks No. this week at PPG. The Texas aerial game is averaging yards per game, more than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish secondary allows through the air, YPG per game.
Defensively, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish feature the league’s No. 63-rated road run defense, allowing 180 yards per game. Texas, meanwhile, ranks No. 11 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last gridiron battle, William Fuller did much of the damage, producing 113 receiving yards but Notre Dame managed to defeat the Fighting Irish 44-28 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
In their last game, Texas got a 106-yard performance from Chris Warren III as a key part of its 23-17 win over Baylor.
- Notre Dame is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Notre Dame is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
- The total has gone OVER in 14 of Notre Dame’s last 21 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Notre Dame’s last 12 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas’s last 9 games
- Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Notre Dame home to Nevada, Saturday, September 10th
Texas home to UTEP, Saturday, September 10th