Saturday College Football Picks & Odds: Temple vs. Notre Dame 8/31

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To beat the NCAA football odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into your craft. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Temple Owls vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Free Football Picks: Temple Owls vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, August 31st, 3:30 ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Week 1 Betting Odds: Notre Dame -29.5
Temple vs. Notre Dame Live TV Coverage: NBC

The last time that Notre Dame was favored by more than 28 points was way back in 2006, and there’s really a good reason for that. The team just generally hasn’t been all that good, and it hasn’t done a whole heck of a lot of blowing people out, especially here at Notre Dame Stadium. The good news though, is that things aren’t as bad for the Golden Domers as they seem. Sure, QB Everett Golson has been kicked off the team, and sure LB Manti Te’o is now with the San Diego Chargers. However, the rest of the core of this phenomenal defense from a season ago is back, and the team is going to be just fine with QB Tommy Rees under center as it was with Golson.

Temple meanwhile, had a frustrating season last year full of big time defeats. Pittsburgh blew this team out by30. Louisville blew it out by 28. Rutgers blew it out by 25. Syracuse blew it out by 18. Granted, this is going to be a much different struggle against Notre Dame, and it’s a whole heck of a lot of points to try to cover. QB Connor Reilly wasn’t even really on the radar as a potential starter just a couple months ago, but he is here now, and he is going to be in for a heck of a challenge. Five sophomores are on the offense for Temple, and five either freshmen or sophomores are playing defense as well. This isn’t a good coronation game coming into South Bend. The Fighting Irish should prevail by at least five scores.

Temple vs. Notre Dame Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -29.5
Temple @ Notre Dame Score Prediction: Notre Dame 41 – Temple 7

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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