California Golden Bears vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Predictions and Picks

California Golden Bears vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Predictions


Key Stat: The Bears are bad – but really good against the spread

Tip Reasoning

  • The Golden Bears have a 16-7 record ATS in their last 23 games
  • They could beat Notre Dame considering how both teams started the season
  • Notre Dame lost their starting quarterback for the year against Marshall with an injury


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We can all talk bad things about Brian Kelly, but boy, he knew how to win games at Notre Dame – and Marcus Freeman is still searching for his first W on the record. After a tough – but totally acceptable – loss to Ohio State to open the year, the Fighting Irish was taken down by Marshall in a 26-21 upset. They now have to clear the air against the California Golden Bears, who are still undefeated but did not face any competition near Notre Dame’s level.

The most important thing for the Fighting Irish to do here is to just secure a win, but don’t expect this game to be any easy, especially with their opponents really confident with two straight wins. Personally, I still think that Notre Dame will walk out with the triumph but I expect this game to be a lot closer than the 11.5 spread line. California has been playing really solid on both sides of the ball and this game looks to be a tight one, albeit with a victory from the hosts. But pick the spread for the Golden Bears.

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Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: At some point, the running game has to get going for Notre Dame

  • Perhaps a quarterback change will be good for them?
  • Marshall scored 26 points, so the Golden Bears can at least get to 20
  • Marcus Freeman will give everything he’s got to get his first win

The total line for this match is set at 40.5 points which seems to be really low to me. The previous Notre Dame game ended with 47 points and that was against Marshall, who don’t really pose much of a threat to FBS in general but somehow caused the upset. The Golden Bears might not have the perfect offense but they’ll be more than motivated to create an upset with a solid chance of a third straight win. Notre Dame will also be hugely motivated to finally break the dreadlock and earn their first win of the season. We should see a good number of points and the over will hit here.

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Henrique Bulio
A former junior tennis player, officially left the courts to writing in 2017 with just 18 years of age. Writing has always been a hobby, but it became a serious thing six years ago, and has been a bettor in the American Leagues and soccer for almost four years now. Breathe sports every day, especially the NFL and College Football.