NCAA Football Betting - Purdue vs. Nortre Dame

This week Purdue will be traveling to Notre Dame (22) for what is sure to be a great football game. Last week Notre Dame beat Navy 50-10. This was a game that Navy was the home team but Notre Dame was the crowd favorite. The game was played in Dublin, Ireland and The Fighting Irish are sure to be flying high off that win. Purdue beat Eastern Kentucky (FCS) 48-6.

What was unique about this game is that Purdue dominated without their 2011 and 2012 preseason starter Caleb TerBush who was suspended one game by the team. Senior Robert Marve looked good against East Kentucky but Caleb TerBush will get the start against Notre Dame. It must be nice for Purdue to know they can win well without their starter. Purdue likewise will be returning their former starting QB Tommy Rees after he was suspended a game for an altercation with police last May. Rees will be competing for a back-up spot behind current starter Everett Golson who went 12-18, 144 yards and one TD last week.

Notre Dame is already preparing with different game plans depending on which QB Purdue has in the game. The Fighting Irish recognize that TerBush will move the pocket and run the ball at times, whereas Marve is still a threat but much more static. Notre Dame had to prepare for Navy’s triple option last week so they should be in a place mentally to check through varying offensive looks and variations.

Notre Dame is the big favorite to win. The spread is 14.5 points and the over/under is 52 points. These two teams vary greatly which should make for a dynamic game with a high score. Purdue is a big passing team, last week they capitalized on this strength with 372 yards in the air. Notre Dame’s strength is the run game where they put up 293 yards on the ground. Thing is, Purdue can improve their ground game simply by adding TerBush into the mix which could make this a close game and perhaps under the 14.5 point spread. The 52 points seems reasonable, hard to call if you assume that putting two tough teams head-to-head would cut offensive production in half off of last week’s numbers. If you have to pick then go over and expect Notre Dame to score a lot, if so they will likely cover the spread as well. Purdue has not beat Notre Dame since 2007 and has not beat Notre Dame at home since 2004.

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