NCAAF Games of the Year: Irish-Sun Devils close to pick in Texas

Aug 8, 2013 |
Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming college football season. Covers Expert Art Aronson gives you their insight into these marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.

NCAAF Week 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (in Arlington, TX) (+2)

Past History: These teams have played twice in the last 20 years (1998, 1999). The Irish were 2-0 SU/ATS, 1-1 O/U.

Early look at the Fighting Irish: Notre Dame has a win total of 9.5 this season; it was 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS on the road last year. The Irish have one of the nation's most difficult schedules, playing vs. Michigan State and Oklahoma in the two respective weeks before this contest, then hosting USC.

Early look at the Sun Devils: Arizona State has a win total of 9.5 this season; it was 4-2 SU/ATS at home last year. After hosting Sacramento State in their opener, the Sun Devils then host Wisconsin, are at Stanford and then host USC before welcoming the Irish.

Where this line will move: Both teams have tough schedules. History would say that Notre Dame is going to have a hard time duplicating the success it enjoyed last year. Home-field advantage can't be overlooked in this particular matchup. Depending on injuries and what each team's record is coming into this contest, I wouldn't be surprised to see this line drop closer to a pick.

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