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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against Notre Dame, and the host Fighting Irish’s slew of season-ending injuries has shaped the betting matchup in Saturday’s Top 25 college football game.
Georgia Tech is listed as a 2.5-point favorite against Notre Dame at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The opening line favored the host Irish by two points, but quarterback Malik Zaire, leading rusher Tarean Folston, versatile tight end Durham Smythe and noseguard Jarron Jones all went down with injury.
Georgia Tech is 9-0 ATS and 8-1 SU in its last nine games, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson’s flexbone triple option offense is more than a novelty. Quarterback Justin Thomas offers both a rushing threat and passes efficiently.
Tech used its first two games to forge a strong rushing tandem with rugged senior Patrick Skov and true freshman Marcus Marshall rotating at B-back, the featured role in their three-back scheme.
The Yellow Jackets are also 6-0 ATS and 5-1 SU in their last six games on the road in September. They are seasoned on defense, where nine of 11 starters were retained from 2014.
Notre Dame is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games after failing to cover in a last-minute 34-27 road win against Virginia on September 12. The Irish are also 2-4 ATS in their last six games at home.
Coach Brian Kelly has already had to rework the Irish depth chart. Quarterback DeShone Kizer is making his first college start and will need a big day from C.J. Prosise, who rushed for 155 yards against Virginia. Another concern with Notre Dame is that it allowed 34 and 39 points in its past two games against the Navy Midshipmen, who are also a triple-option team but lack Georgia Tech’s physical prowess.
The total for Saturday’s Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame betting matchup is set at 51 points at the sportsbooks. The total has gone OVER in nine of Georgia Tech’s last 11 road games. The total has also gone OVER in eight of Notre Dame’s last 10 games, with one push.