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Purdue vs. Notre Dame College Football Betting Odds

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Sep/27/2008

Purdue vs. Notre Dame College Football betting odds opened at Notre Dame -3 and has dropped to between -1 ½ and -1 across the board now.

Action is relatively even on this game now that the line has settled in around -1.

Notre Dame's offense has been at its best throwing the ball.

When the Fighting Irish got into trouble against San Diego State, they rallied to win by passing. Against Michigan, Jimmy Clausen came out throwing. Last week against Michigan State, Notre Dame had its only success throwing the ball.

So against Purdue (2-1) on Saturday, look for Notre Dame to ... try to run the ball.

Why? Because coach Charlie Weis believes the Irish (2-1) have to be able to run to be successful.

"You can't make a living just being one-dimensional in football," he said. "One of the themes of the day is how are we going to get the running game going. I think that you can address it some by scheme, but a lot of it comes down to working your butt off fundamentally to make an improvement. I think that's one of the main focuses for what we're doing this week."

Purdue Coach Joe Tiller has enjoyed his trips to Notre Dame Stadium despite his Boilermakers' 1-4 record there.

"I enjoy the excitement of the crowd and the idea that you've got thousands and thousands of people cheering against you," Tiller said. "And if you can be successful in that environment, I think it's actually more rewarding than winning at home."

From Doug Griffiths of GoldandBlack.com

Purdue's offense, which is averaging 385 yards per game (59th in the NCAA), will face a Notre Dame defense that is giving up about 360 yards per game (68th). The Irish D has allowed an average of 17.7 points per game so far and will face an offense that is scoring 33.3 points.

Statistically Notre Dame's offense is struggling like it did a year ago. Averaging about 287 yards per game, it ranks as one of the worst in the country.

Don't be fooled though, says defensive coordinator Brock Spack.

"They're much improved," Spack said. "They're pretty good. We saw their receivers make some great catches here a year ago. They have some really good offensive linemen that we would love to have here. We tried to recruit a lot of those guys. And of course (Jimmy) Clausen is a good player.

"They played very really well against us, one of the best games they played all year."

The last time Purdue played at Notre Dame they were a +15 ½ underdog.

The Boilermakers are 8-19 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. They are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 2-11-2 ATS in their last 15 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.


The Fighting Irish are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games. They are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.

The Notre Dame line should be closer to -5 and, coupled with Purdue's tough time winning at Notre Dame and not the best road record in recent times, we will lean on the Fighting Irish with a cover of -1 found at betED.com even though we are a bit turned off by that 4-11 ATS home game record. There is a feeling, however, that Notre Dame is an improved team this season. The Sagarin Ratings seem to reflect this.

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Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com

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