Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Miami Hurricanes
Date and Time: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Opening College Football Odds: Notre Dame -2.5
Notre Dame vs. Miami TV Coverage: ABC
Talk about a throwback game! These two teams have met three times in the 2010s, but the last time they played a truly meaningful game against each other was back in 1990. Back then, this rivalry was known as "Catholics vs. Convicts," and it featured Dennis Erickson coaching against Lou Holtz. Craig Erickson and Rick Mirer were the two quarterbacks. Back then, the teams were No. 2 and No. 6 in the nation respectively, eerily similar to what we have this year.
Of course, neither one of those teams went on to play for the National Championship in that 1990 season, but we didn't know that was going to be the case in October when that game was played.
With four teams earning the right to play for the title instead of just two, there's a really good chance that the winner of this game will be in the College Football Playoff, while the loser is going to have an uphill battle in front of it the rest of the way.
This Notre Dame offense continues to be one of the better in the nation. The Irish had that one dud of a game against Georgia back in September, but since that point, they've put at least 33 points on the board in all of their games.
Miami meanwhile, just keeps finding ways to survive. It put together its best game of the season last week against Virginia Tech to improve to 8-0, and this is clearly its last chance in the regular season to be facing a series game. The Hurricanes shouldn't have a problem against Virginia or Pittsburgh, and if these three games are all won, there's a great chance that the ACC Championship Game against Clemson will be a de facto national quarterfinal game.
The Fighting Irish survived two major scares last week. Brandon Wimbush took a helmet to his hand and came out of the game for a few drives. Considering the fact that he finished the game against the Demon Deacons, we see no reason why he won't be on the field this week in Miami.
Though the same is probably true for Josh Adams, you can never be too sure with head injuries. Brian Kelly said that Adams simply "wasn't feeling well" after taking a shot to the head early on in that game, and he elected to leave Adams on the sidelines the rest of the way.
Is that code for a concussion? We might never know
The one thing we do know is that these two guys had better have gangbusters games if the Golden Domers want to come down to South Beach and walk out victorious.
Notre Dame vs. Miami Free Picks
It seems that most are in agreement that Notre Dame has the better of these two teams in spite of the fact that it's the one saddled with a loss at the moment. That said, the Hurricanes probably have a path back into the playoff discussion with a loss in this game; Notre Dame doesn't.
Wimbush and Adams are the heart and soul of this team, and they're just flat out more talented than anyone "The U" has seen this year.
Not only do we think Notre Dame is going to march into South Beach and beat Miami, but we think it's going to take this game handily as well to prove that it is indeed the top one-loss club in America.
College Football ATS Pick: Notre Dame -2.5 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Miami 17