Wagering on college football is tough enough at the best of times, but it becomes even more challenging once we roll into bowl season. There are so many factors that come into play that make winning regularly on bowl games a definite challenge. Who will play and who will sit out? Which teams will come in looking for the win, and which will show up not ready to play at all? These are just a couple of things that can create a challenge, but we feel that it’s one worth taking, especially when you get to the tail end of bowl season and the bigger teams come out to play. For this piece, we are taking a look at the Gator Bowl, which pits the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Irish are in as a 2 ½ point favorite for this one, but can they come away with the win? Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons for Notre Dame so you can bet on their NCAA Football Bowl Odds.
Notre Dame Comes In as the Betting Favorite, Can They Win the Gator Bowl?
The Pros for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Anyone who suggests that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish don’t have much fight in them needs to go all the way back to the start of the season. An opening week loss to Ohio State was not unexpected, but a loss to Marshall in Week 2 definitely was. That they were able to bounce back from that and manage 8 wins on the season should prove that this team has some backbone. The Irish finished the season strong, winning 5 in a row, including a win over Clemson, who were ranked #4 at the time, before losing to USC in the final game of the year. That was another loss that was not totally unexpected.
The Irish were pretty solid on both sides of the football this season, averaging over 30 PPG on offense, while surrendering a touch over 21 PPG on the defensive side. They are also 18-2 SU in their last 20 games as a favorite.
The Cons for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
One of the major concerns with the Irish heading into this game is that their starting QB for the season, Drew Pyne, is in the transfer portal and will not play. You have to wonder what sort of impact that is going to have on their offensive output. There is also some concern about going against a team that is expected to be at full strength and who ended the season playing some really fantastic football. The Gamecocks are going to come out on fire, looking to put an exclamation point on what has been a very solid season. Will the Irish offense be able to keep pace with Rattler and company on Friday afternoon.
Will the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Win?
I think that losing Pyne as the starter for this one is going to prove to be problematic for Notre Dame here. You also have to consider that South Carolina ended the season with wins over Clemson and Tennessee, so they are sure to still be on a bit of a high heading into this one. I don’t think the Irish will be able to keep pace with the Gamecocks offense and will lose this game in the latter stages.