Notre Dame catching points in Week 9 ranked road clash at Michigan

Notre Dame lineman Tommy Kraemer, AP Images
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Oddsmakers opened the Irish underdogs for just the second time in 2019, gifting 4 points for their Week 9 clash at Michigan, but the line quickly moved in Notre Dame’s favor.

No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan (-2.5, 51)

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is 3-3 SU and ATS versus Michigan, losing and failing to top the number in a pair of trips to Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines were 6-point chalk in Games of the Year lines at Golden Nugget back in May.

The total is the betting line on the move in early trading, down to 51 from a 53.5 initial offer.

Kelly has won just four true road games in 15 attempts against ranked opponents, going 8-7 ATS overall. The Irish have entered placed in the AP Poll in all but one matchup.

Following Michigan’s 28-21 road defeat as a 7.5-point underdog at then-No. 7 Penn State last weekend, head coach Jim Harbaugh is now 1-11 SU and 3-9 ATS versus programs ranked No. 12 or higher in the AP Poll. The Wolverines stumble to just 20.3 points per game in under these conditions.

Indiana FBS programs Week 9 lines

Indiana (-3, 54) at Nebraska

For the second week in a row, Indiana is rare road chalk in a Big Ten matchup, gifting a trio of points at Nebraska.

Last Saturday, the Hoosiers beat Maryland 34-28 as 6-point chalk, just the fifth time in head coach Tom Allen’s tenure laying points to a B1G rival away from home. It was just the fourth Big Ten road win for Allen in 15 attempts.

Nebrasaka’s “return” to prominence under head coach Scott Frost took another hit before its bye week, losing 34-7 at Minnesota. The program is trending the wrong direction, failing to cover the spread in six of its last seven games.

The Nebraska offense has totaled 27 points in its last three contests, a program low for a trio of consecutive games in a season since at least 1980.

Illinois at Purdue (-9, 57.5)

Oddsmakers opened Purdue a 9-point favorite over Illinois with a 57.5 total. The Boilermakers have covered their last three games and by a 13.8 margin.

Illinois is the talk of the Big Ten after shocking Wisconsin 24-23 as a 29.5-point underdog on a field goal as time expired. The victory proved the biggest upset of the season in the FBS, besting the Citadel’s 27-24 stunner over Georgia Tech in Week 3 as 26.5-point underdogs.

Ohio at Ball State (-2.5, 60)

Ball State, a 2.5-point home favorite against Ohio, is one of six teams in the country headed into their Week 9 matchup behind a four-game cover streak.

The Cardinals routed Toledo 52-14 as 3-point chalk last Saturday, their biggest victory over their MAC rivals since 1997 (35-3).

The Bobcats, which have gone off road underdogs in conference play just once (Northern Illinois) in the last two calendar years, have dropped six of their last seven against the spread.

Big Ten Week 9 betting lines

No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio State (-14, 52)

Ohio State is a two-touchdown favorite over Wisconsin, a line not far off of expectations early in the year. Oddsmakers at the Golden Nugget pegged the Buckeyes 13-point chalk in Game of the Year lines back in May. The total is dealing at 52 points.

The Badgers last went off 14-point underdogs or more in 2009, also a visit to The Shoe. Ohio State won 31-13 as a 15.5-point favorite.

No. 20 Iowa (-9, 38) at Northwestern

The total is at 38 points, tied for the lowest in an Iowa game over the last 13 seasons. One reason is the fact Northwestern averages 12.5 points in six contests against Power 5 opponents this season. But the Wildcats are seeing early betting support after opening as 11-point home dogs at Circa.

Liberty (-4, 49) at Rutgers

Liberty is 4-point favorite at Rutgers. To put into perspective how low the Scarlet Knights program is currently, the Flames have not kicked off less than 19.5-point underdogs in 10 matchups against Power 5 opponents since 2006.

No. 6 Penn State (-5.5, 42) at Michigan State

Michigan State, once listed as 2-point chalk hosting the Nittany Lions in Game of the Year lines, is now catching 5.5 points in Week 9 lines released Sunday. The line opened at 7 with Circa, but adjusted to 5.5 by Monday despite most bets coming on the road favorite. Sparty coach Mark Dantonio is 27-21-2 ATS as an underdog.

Maryland at No. 17 Minnesota (-17, 56.5)

Minnesota, which is 7-0 SU this season and has covered four straight, is laying a hefty 17 points to Maryland, the third time this season spotting double digits to a B1G foe.

Since joining the powerhouse football conference, Maryland averages 12.0 points in 13 road tilts as a 10-point underdog or greater. This includes a total of 24 points in three 2018 clashes.

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