By Dan Kilbridge | | 3 mins
5 Notre Dame-Georgia Bets & Props You Should Be Backing
Week 4 of college football betting is underway, and it’s finally time for the most anticipated nonconference game of the season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Athens, Georgia, for a showdown with the No. 3 Bulldogs at 8 p.m. Saturday, finishing off a home-and-home series that began in 2017 with Georgia’s 20-19 win in South Bend.
It’ll be the third time these programs have gone head-to-head and the first time No. 7 Notre Dame has traveled to Georgia, where bookmakers have the Irish as big underdogs in the top-10 clash. The 888sport line opened at UGA -12.5 and moved to 14.5 as of Thursday morning. The total opened at 59.5 and has dropped to a consensus 58.
There’s also no shortage of prop action, adjusted lines and other ways to bet on this week’s main event. Here are a few additional wagers to consider.
Notre Dame-Georgia Best Bets
|Notre Dame +14.5||-110 |
|Ian Book Over 215.5 Passing Yards||-120 |
|Under 58||-110 |
|D’Andre Swift Over 105.5 Rushing Yards||-112 |
|Jake Fromm Under 213.5 Passing Yards||-112 |
PICK 1: Notre Dame +14.5
I outlined the case for a Notre Dame upset earlier this week, but the line is even better for Irish believers now at +14.5. Prime-time embarrassments like last year’s 30-3 loss to Clemson are fresh in bettors’ minds, but quarterback Ian Book clearly improved this offseason and the defense looks stout again. We’ll take the points.
PICK 2: Ian Book Over 215.5 Passing Yards
He’s thrown for 250 yards or more in nine of his last 11 starts, including a 360-yard showing with five touchdowns last week. No interceptions through two games is a good sign, and he’ll have plenty of attempts if Georgia builds an early lead. Ideal weather conditions won’t hurt, with almost no wind in the forecast.
PICK 3: Under 58
These teams combined to score 39 points when they played two years ago. They also keep it on the ground as much as possible – Notre Dame runs it roughly 62 percent of the time and UGA is around 58 percent this season. As for trends, the total has gone under in nine of the last 10 UGA home games in September.
PICK 4: D’Andre Swift Over 105.5 Rushing Yards
He’s averaging 9.4 yards per carry this season and comes in fresh after rushing just 15 times the past two games. The Irish defense struggled against the run in its first two games, giving up an average of 193.5 yards against Louisville and New Mexico.
PICK 5: Jake Fromm Under 213.5 Passing Yards
The Irish are strong in the secondary and have a few pass rushers who could disrupt Fromm in the pocket. Fromm has only surpassed the 200-yard mark in three of his last nine games.
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