Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie is now the coach at New Mexico, but due to health reasons, he won’t be with his team in South Bend on Saturday. The No. 7 Irish are heavy favorites on the college football odds over Davie’s Lobos at MyBookie.
How to Bet New Mexico vs Notre Dame 2019 College Football Week 3 Odds & Game Info
- When: Saturday, 2:30 PM ET
- Where: Notre Dame Stadium
- TV: NBC
- Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
- Radio: SiriusXM
- College Football Week 3 Lines: Notre Dame -34.5 (Total 63)
- Sunny: 26°C/78°F
- Humidity: 61%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 9%
- Wind: 10 mph W
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on New Mexico?
Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie will not accompany his New Mexico team to South Bend, Ind., for Saturday’s game at Notre Dame due to doctor’s orders. This game would not have been scheduled if not for Davie, who succeeded Lou Holtz as Notre Dame coach after the 1996 season. Notre Dame is paying New Mexico $1.1 million for the visit.
UNM has been off since a 39-31 home win over Sam Houston State on Aug. 31. UNM led for most of the game as starting quarterback Brandt Hughes threw for 218 yards in the first half. Hughes led UNM to a pair of touchdowns by Ahmari Davis on the ground and three Andrew Shelley field goals, but he suffered a shoulder injury and gave way to Sherrion Jones in the second half.
The Lobos picked up 485 yards of offense on 72 plays, averaging 6.7 yards per play. UNM also had plenty of big plays with eight of 25 yards or more. Of UNM’s four touchdown drives against Sam Houston State, the longest was 1:57, and that was the only one of the four over one minute. The Lobos had scoring drives of 1:57, 0:59, 0:41 and 0:23, for an average of 1:00 per touchdown drive.
Davie was rushed to UNM Hospital after he experienced what was believed to be chest pains following the win. It’s not clear who will start at quarterback for this game. “It’s a situation where we have four really good players (Hughes, Jones, Tevaka Tuioti, Trae Hall),” interim coach Saga Tuitele said this week.
New Mexico is 6-55 all-time against ranked opponents dating back to the 1940 season. UNM is 4-25 at home vs. ranked opponents, 2-29 on the road and 0-1 on neutral fields. UNM’s last win over a ranked opponent was on October 25, 2003, when the Lobos won at No. 23 Utah 47-35. UNM’s last win over a top 10 program was also against Utah, a 23-21 win on November 5, 1994. UNM is 1-17 all-time against top-10 teams and 0-5 vs. top-five teams.
- Passing Yards: 340.0
- Rushing Yards: 145.0
- Points For: 39.0
- Points Against: 31.0
Why Bet on Notre Dame?
The Irish have been off since a 35-17 win at Louisville on Sept. 2. Ian Book ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and Jahmir Smith rushed for two scores. Tony Jones Jr. rushed 15 times for 112 yards, including an 11-yard TD, as the Fighting Irish put away the rebuilding Cardinals. It was the second career 100-yard rushing game for Jones, whose career-high of 118 yards came against Vanderbilt in 2018. Notre Dame trailed 14-7 in the first before Jones’ score tied it, and Book followed with an 11-yard scoring run just before halftime.
Since 1958, the Irish are 38-4 when scoring first in the season opener. The Irish are averaging 36.2 ppg in season openers under Brian Kelly. Safety Alohi Gilman returned as Notre Dame’s leading returning tackler. He led an Irish defense that allowed just three Louisville points over the game’s final three quarters — pacing the team with 10 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. After allowing two scoring drives to begin the season at Louisville, Notre Dame’s defense allowed just 90 yards over the next 33 plays to the Cardinal offense (2.7 yards per play) allowing the Irish to seize control of the contest.
Notre Dame has held its opponents to 30 points or less in 15 consecutive games, matching Mississippi State and Washington for the FBS lead in that category. Notre Dame has not allowed a rushing touchdown over the past 47 opponent rushing attempts in a clutch situation – tied best in the FBS over the past 12 games.
Notre Dame opens its 90th season at Notre Dame Stadium int his game. The Irish are 106-18-4 (.844) in home openers (the team did not have a home opener in 1889 or 1929), with a mark of 72-15-2 (.820) at Notre Dame Stadium. Kelly is 8-1 in home openers at Notre Dame, ranking behind Knute Rockne (11), Ara Parseghian (10) and Frank Leahy (9) in terms of home-opening victories.
Notre Dame has won 11 straight games at home dating back to Sept. 30, 2017, starting with a victory over Miami (Ohio). It is the third-longest home winning streak for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930.
- Passing Yards: 193.0
- Rushing Yards: 230.0
- Points For: 35.0
- Points Against: 17.0
New Mexico vs Notre Dame 2019 College Football Week 3 Betting Trends
- Lobos are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games played in week 3
- Lobos are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games played on a Saturday
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Mexico’s last 5 games played in September
- Fighting Irish are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Mountain West conference
- Fighting Irish are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 3
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame’s last 5 games
Expert Final Score Prediction for New Mexico vs Notre Dame
New Mexico Lobos 7 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41