(OddsShark.com) — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be looking for their first straight up road win in their last four regular season contests when they travel to Charlottesville on Saturday to take on the Virginia Cavaliers as 13-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Irish got their season off to a strong start in Week 1, manhandling the Texas Longhorns at home to claim a 38-3 victory and easily cover as 9-point betting favorites.
The win was the Fighting Irish’s second straight, and comes following a four-game losing streak which ended the team’s College Football Playoff aspirations last season.
Notre Dame’s strong start also propelled them to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Fighting Irish vs. Cavaliers betting matchup at Scott Stadium, marking their highest position in the national rankings since peaking at No. 5 in Week 8 of last season.
Conversely, the Cavaliers will be looking to get back on track after suffering a 34-16 loss to the UCLA Bruins in Week 1, which drops them to 1-6 SU in their last seven games.
Virginia has also struggled to reward bettors during their current slide, covering in just two of their past eight games, but enjoyed some success at home last season, going 5-2 SU and ATS, and are a respectable 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four against ranked teams that are not the UCLA Bruins.
The Cavaliers have also been hard on opponents in recent September home games, going 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four according to the OddsShark College Football Database, and have had the upper hand in games against Independent squads, posting SU wins in three of their last four while covering the spread in each.
Saturday’s game marks just the second time these two schools have met on the gridiron, with their only previous meeting coming in Week 1 of the 1989 season, a 36-13 Notre Dame victory.
However, the Irish have had their hands full in recent road clashes with ACC squads, picking up SU wins in just four of their last seven while going 3-5 ATS in their last eight.