Utah Utes at Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2010 NCAAF Week 11 Odds, Preview, and Predictions: Head football coach Kyle Whittingham will take his No. 15 on the road to South Bend to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the first time on Saturday at 2:30 PM ET at Notre Dame Stadium on NBC. The Utes are coming off their first loss and enter the game 8-1, 5-1 2nd place in the Mountain West Conference while the Irish are 4-5 and needing to win 2 of their last 3 to become bowl eligible in head football coach Brian Kelly’s first season with the team. “We move on to Notre Dame. This is the first time that Utah has played Notre Dame and it should be a great experience,” Coach Whittingham said. “They did have a bye last week and are fighting for a bowl game, and we are fighting to get this thing turned around. “We need to bounce back and put the loss behind us and resume our schedule. We still have a chance to have an excellent season.” Vegas odds makers have the Utah Utes a -5 1/2 point favorite on the road against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Utes are coming off a whipping by TCU 47-7 at home to move them to 6-2-1 against the spread for the season. This should be a good test to where they stand on a national level. Quarterback Jordan Wynn had a terrible day completing 16 of 35 for just 148 yards a late touchdown and 2 interceptions. The TCU defense held the Utes to under 200 yards of total offense. Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road. Vegas odds makers have the Utah Utes +2500 odds to win the 2011 BCS National Championship.
Notre Dame is coming off a bye week but previously a loser 28-27 at home to Tulsa. Quarterback Dayne Crist suffered a knee injury to end his season and freshman Tommy Rees came in to replace him in the first quarter completing 33 of 54 passes for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns but showed his inexperience by throwing 3 picks. Receiver Michael Floyd snagged 11 balls for 104 yards and 2 scores. Notre Dame is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games and the total has gone UNDER in 5 of Notre Dame’s last 6 games at home. Odds makers at OddsMaker Sportsbook have the over/under for the total score at 54 points combined of the Utah Utes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
I predict an Irish upset win at home!