NCAA Football Betting Predictions: Week 11 Opening Line Report and Picks
With COVID protocols in place, nobody expected a celebration on a football field this season between students, fans, and players.
However, Notre Dame, the fourth-ranked team in the nation at the time, defeated the number one overall team in the nation, Clemson, in double overtime, at home, warranting a celebration on the field between fans, players and staff who were mostly maskless.
Some would call the Notre Dame and Clemson game the Game of the Year. It was a fun one between two of the Top 5 teams in the nation and makes you wonder if Notre Dame would be better off in the ACC in the near future.
After Notre Dame defeated Clemson, 47-40 in South Bend, Indiana, thousands of players stormed the field. Now, all Notre Dame students are going to be required to undergo coronavirus testing before they leave South Bend for the extended winter break.
Maybe it wasn’t worth it after all.
Students who were exposed to the coronavirus or those who test positive will be required to quarantine on campus for two weeks. If students don’t do this, they won’t be able to register for classes for the following semester.
That would be a steep price to pay.
I’m not going to get political here. But it seems like Notre Dame students were selfish. Your team just defeated Clemson and will have a very solid path into the ACC Championship game and an “easier” path to the College Football Playoff.
Now, we might just see Notre Dame and their players catch the coronavirus, which would mean that the games would be postponed or cancelled. There are no reports of Notre Dame athletes or coaching staff having the virus, but that information will be released shortly. It would stink if Notre Dame and their players had caught the virus from the celebration.
Here’s another reminder that many SEC games could be postponed this week with Auburn and Mississippi State already postponing their match. This is probably not the week to bet on the SEC.
Notre Dame vs Boston College (+13.5, 48.5): Notre Dame is currently ranked second in the nation after their overtime win against Clemson at home. Now we just need to hope that the Fighting Irish test negative for the virus and are able to play their remainder of the season. Boston College won’t be an easy opponent. Boston College is 5-3 on the season and have won two of their last three. The loss was against Clemson, 34-28, but they led for most of the game. Notre Dame has been great against the run all season long, but Boston College was never a good running team this season anyway. On the flip side, Notre Dame will find room to run against Boston College and should be able to shut down a BC offense that struggled against Syracuse last week, scoring just 16 points. That’s not going to cut it. Pick: Notre Dame
Wisconsin vs Michigan (+2.5, 50.5): Wisconsin already ran into a COVID problem this season. After defeating Illinois 45-7, and looking like a Top 5 football team, the Badgers had to cancel their last two meetings. It looks as though Wisconsin will get the chance to play against Michigan. While Wisconsin looked fantastic in their game, nobody knows what to expect. But what we do know is that Michigan might be a bit overrated. Jim Harbaugh might be fired. He was asked about his future after losing to Indiana and said he wouldn’t answer the question. Michigan is 1-2 on the season and in jeopardy of losing three straight games in the Big Ten. At home, I’d expect Michigan to play with a chip on their shoulder, save their head coach, and beat a Wisconsin team that might come out slow in this one. Pick: Michigan.
Northwestern vs Purdue (+3, 49.5): Northwestern is finally ranked this season after a thrilling start to the season with a 3-0 record. The Wildcats haven’t allowed a single point in the second half in three straight games. Their blowout of Maryland in the first week of their season looks a whole lot better now and they’ve come out and defeated Iowa and Nebraska in close defensive games. I’m afraid Purdue doesn’t have that good of a defense. In two games, they’ve allowed 466 yards per game against Illinois and Iowa. Iowa’s a great football team, but Illinois is not so much. It’s going to be another challenge, but Northwestern’s defense is up for it. They’ll be 4-0 after this one Pick: Northwestern.
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