Every week ESPN analyst Bill Connelly gives his predictions for the biggest games in college football. This Saturday features a couple of marquee matchups, which includes a showdown between Michigan and Notre Dame.
Michigan is coming off a loss to Penn State that came down to the wire. Shea Patterson struggled for most of the game, meanwhile Zach Charbonnet carried the offense with 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Notre Dame had a bye week this past weekend, so the extra preparation should have given Brian Kelly’s squad enough time to prepare for this game.
The Fighting Irish managed to narrowly defeat the USC Trojans in their previous matchup.
Since the Wolverines have home-field advantage for this year’s showdown, the spread isn’t leaning in either team’s favor.
Well, Connelly seems to be banking on a bounce-back win from Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.
Connelly has the Wolverines defeating the Fighting Irish by four points.
💰🏈 WEEK 9 SP+ PICKS 🏈💰
* Brutus 31, Bucky 20
* OU 39, K-State 20
* LSU 34, Auburn 24
* PSU 29, Mich State 20 (I'd feel better about 19-10)
* Michigan 28, ND 24 😬
* Utah 34, Cal 11 (I'd feel better about 24-1)
* Oregon 35, Wazzu 26 pic.twitter.com/RDNHzqIw3M
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) October 23, 2019
If the Wolverines want any hope at staying alive in the Big Ten, they’ll need to defeat the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Notre Dame a 62.2 percent chance of beating Michigan.
Kickoff for this rivalry matchup is at 7:30 p.m. ET from Michigan Stadium.
The game will be broadcast on ABC.