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Fighting Irish strong betting favorites against Temple

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish face a nationally ranked team for the third time this season when they visit No. 21 Temple on Saturday night as 10.5-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Fighting Irish picked up their third consecutive straight-up win last week, topping the USC Trojans 41-31, a victory that lifts them back into the Top 10 of the national rankings for the first time since their 24-22 loss to Clemson in Week 5.

Notre Dame’s first meeting of the season with a ranked team came in Week 3, when they handed Georgia Tech a 30-22 defeat as slim 1-point favorites.

Following Saturday night’s Fighting Irish vs. Owls betting matchup at Lincoln Financial Field, the team looks forward to two more games against currently ranked squads over the final month of the regular season, including No. 23 Pittsburgh and No. 8 Stanford; matchups that likely hold the key to their College Football Playoff hopes.

The Owls returned to both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll for the first time in 36 years after opening the season with seven straight SU wins, including last week’s 24-14 upset of the East Carolina Pirates, which marks their third outright win of the season while pegged as betting underdogs.

Temple is joined in the rankings by two other undefeated teams from the AAC, No. 18 Houston and No. 16 Memphis, who sit alongside the Owls with perfect 7-0 SU records, 4-0 in conference action.

However, the Irish represent Temple’s biggest challenge of the season, and first meeting of the campaign with a ranked opponent.

Four of the Owls’ seven opponents so far this season have amassed a sub-.500 record, while Temple is a dismal 1-24 SU in their last 25 against the Top 25, with the sole victory coming last season, a 20-10 win over the Pirates, ranked No. 23 at the time.

Notre Dame had the upper hand in the only recent meeting between the two schools, picking up at 28-6 home win in 2013, failing to cover as 27.5-point favorites.

But the Fighting Irish can expect to face a tougher Owls squad this time around, ranked eighth in the nation in defense this season, surrendering just 14.6 points per game, while tallying an average of 32.3 points per game.

Clemson, TCU among favorites in Week 9 college football betting

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The Clemson Tigers will be gunning for an 11th straight victory and a top spot in the upcoming College Football Playoff rankings when they face the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday as 10-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

No. 3 Clemson rose three spots in this week’s AP Top 25 after handing Miami the biggest defeat in that school’s history, a 58-0 beating as 8-point road favorites. The victory improved the Tigers’ straight up conference record to 4-0, and halts a worrisome 1-3 run against the spread while forcing the point total OVER for a third straight week.

North Carolina State returns home for Saturday afternoon’s Tigers vs. Wolfpack betting matchup at Carter-Finley Stadium following a 35-17 win over Wake Forest, stopping a two-game SU and ATS losing streak, and improving their SU record to 5-2.

However, the Wolfpack have struggled at home in recent meetings with ACC opponents, going 1-8 SU in their last nine, 3-6 ATS, and are 1-10 SU in their last 11 against Clemson, 6-5 ATS.

No. 5 TCU will also be looking to gain ground on idle No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Baylor, and No. 4 LSU, when the Horned Frogs play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Thursday as early 14-point betting favorites. The undefeated Horned Frogs dropped one position in the rankings despite rolling past the Iowa State Cyclones by a 45-21 margin last week, covering as 20.5-point chalk.

The Mountaineers dropped their third straight October 17, both SU and ATS, with their 62-38 loss to the Baylor Bears, and are now 1-4 SU and ATS in their past five road contests. West Virginia is also 1-2 SU in its last three against TCU, but upset the Horned Frogs 30-27 in their last visit two years ago.

No. 8 Stanford will be looking for a seventh straight win by a double-digit margin when it visits the Washington State Cougars as 12-point chalk.

The Cardinal have won by an average margin of 21 points during their six-game SU and ATS win streak, while the Cougars have won three straight SU, and four straight ATS, but are winless in their past seven against Stanford, 2-4-1 ATS, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

In other Week 9 college football betting action, No. 13 Utah will try to rebound from its stunning 42-24 loss to the USC Trojans when they host the Oregon State Beavers as 23-point chalk this weekend, while No. 9 Notre Dame visits the undefeated Temple Owls as 9.5-point favorites.

Shaken Trojans visit Notre Dame as heavy underdogs

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will attempt to revive their College Football Playoff hopes when they play host to the USC Trojans on Saturday as strengthening 7-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Irish rebounded from a disappointing 24-22 loss at Clemson two weeks ago with a strong 41-24 win over the long-time rival Navy Midshipmen, picking up the win against the spread to improve to 6-1 ATS in their last seven contests and climbing one position in the AP Top 25 to No. 14.

Notre Dame also enters Saturday afternoon’s Trojans vs. Fighting Irish betting matchup at Notre Dame Stadium with a perfect 4-0 straight up record on home turf this season, going undefeated ATS while winning by an average margin of 21.25 points.

It has been a tumultuous week for the Trojans, who fell out of the national rankings following a stunning 17-12 loss to the Washington Huskies after being pegged as heavy 17-point betting favorites.

The defeat drops USC to 3-2 on the season and 1-2 against Pac-12 rivals despite owning the conference’s second-best defense.

Shockwaves then rippled through the program with news this week of the firing of Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian less than two years into his tenure with the squad, with quarterbacks coach Clay Helton taking over as interim coach.

The news has dramatically impacted the odds in Saturday’s game, with the Irish quickly strengthening their position as favorites after opening as slim 3-point chalk.

Overall, the Trojans are 5-2 SU in their last seven contests according to the OddsShark College Football Database, but a mediocre 5-6 ATS, and have seen the point total play UNDER in seven of their past 11 overall and in each of their past five on the road.

Their visit to South Bend also marks the first time the Trojans have not been favored since their late-season visit to UCLA in last year’s Victory Bell clash, in which they dropped a 38-20 decision to the Bruins, ending a 4-0 SU and ATS run as underdogs.

USC has also produced mixed results in recent dates with the Irish, posting a decisive 49-14 home win last season to sit at 2-3 SU and ATS in their last five against Notre Dame, after taking home the SU win in each of their previous eight meetings.