USF Bulls at Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2011 NCAAF Week 1 Odds, Free Picks and Predictions: Head football coach Skip Holtz will lead the South Florida Bulls on the road to South Bend to take on quarterback Dayne Crist and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday and can be seen on NBC Sports. Yes this is Dr. Lou Holtz the former head football coach of Notre Dame’s son skip so there will be some shift in Dr. Lou’s normal allegiance to the Irish. Lou Holtz was the last coach to bring a National Championship to the Irish and skip graduated from Notre Dame as well as then coached under his father there. Skip is entering his second season as the Bulls head football coach, his third head coaching position, and finished with and 8-5 record and a bowl victory last season. The Irish Head football coach Brian Kelly is also entering his second season and finished 8-5 with a bowl victory as well. The coaches don’t run the plays on the field so as interesting as it may be the players will make the biggest difference on Saturday. The odds makers at BetGuardian Sportsbook have the Notre Dame Fighting Irish -11 point favorite at home against the USF Bulls.

Irish coach Kelly had a tough decision on who to start at quarterback after Dayne Crist started the first 9 games of the season and played well even with a 4-5 record but suffered a 2nd season ending knee injury. In came freshman Tommy Rees who guided the Irish to 4 straight victories including the bowl win. Coach Kelly held an open competition and Crist won out with Kelly praising the hard work, rehab, and study that Crist has put in to win the job. Kelly feels that he is a better quarterback and someone he looks forward to coaching. Vegas odds makers have the Notre Dame Fighting Irish +7500 to win the 2012 BCS National Championship.

Coach Holtz has the luxury of an experienced starting quarterback without a controversy as BJ Daniels has started 22 total games for the Bulls and can run as well as throw effectively. Danials has accounted for 25 TD passes and racked up over 4,500 yards of total offense while at the helm. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Florida’s last 5 games and South Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 47 points combined of the USF Bulls and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

I predict the Irish win and Bulls cover!

Free College Football Picks and NCAAF Predictions: South Florida +11 to cover the pointspread

College Football: South Florida @ Notre Dame
Date: 9/3/2011
Time: 3:30 PM EST on NBC
Vegas Odds - Favorite: Notre Dame -11 Total: Over/Under 47.5

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