Notre Dame vs UNLV Live, Watch Online, TV Channel, Kick Off Time, Soccer Matches Odds, Prediction
After a disappointing loss to Stanford, Notre Dame is looking to get back into the win column this weekend. The Fighting Irish, theoretically, should be able to do that job by hosting UNLV in South Bend, Indiana in Week 8.
Notre Dame stumbles into this game with a 3-3 record after falling to Stanford 16-14 in an ugly affair last weekend. With the exception of one game against a porous North Carolina defense, the Irish offense faltered for much of the season. Perhaps a matchup against the Rebels defense, which has given up at least 40 points in each of the past two weeks, will be the cure for what ails Notre Dame. The Irish need to score a win before back-to-back games against two currently undefeated ACC teams: Syracuse and Clemson.
UNLV got off to a 4-1 start to the season, but were bombarded in back-to-back games. In losses to San Jose State and the Air Force, the Rebels lost by a combined score of 82-14. UNLV might even be looking forward to a Notre Dame offense that’s scoring just 23.7 points per game, which ranks it 100th in the nation. Regardless of what the defense looks like, UNLV must find a way to hit double digits on offense if they are to pray for an upset.
How to watch Notre Dame vs UNLV
Date: Saturday October 22 | Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, Indiana
Three players to watch
Michael Mayer, Notre Dame TE: There’s not much to like about the Notre Dame offense these days, but Mayer is clearly a star. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound tight end moves well for someone his size, making him the best weapon for Ireland’s offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, especially in the red zone. In six games, Mayer caught 38 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Pyne will throw a bit in Mayer’s direction on Saturday.
Jack Kiser, Notre Dame LB: Kiser is coming off a solid game against Stanford in which he recorded five total tackles. In six games, Kiser is second on the team with 34 total tackles, and he added 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. The former three-star recruit has emerged as a leader in this Notre Dame defense, and he will be tasked with slowing down a strong rushing attack from UNLV.
Aidan Robbins, UNLV RB: Robbins currently ranks third in Mountain West with 591 rushing yards. His 84.4 yards per game rank him fourth in the conference. Despite the Rebels’ recent offensive issues, Robbins has been a bright spot for much of the season. It will be interesting to see if he can bounce back against Notre Dame after going just 30 yards against the Air Force.
Notre Dame vs UNLV Prediction
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
Both teams are limping in this game, and Vegas bettors seem to believe more pain awaits UNLV. Notre Dame is currently a 27-point favorite, but its only double-digit win of the season at this point is a 13-point win over North Carolina. The Fighting Irish have yet to show any killer instincts, and their attack hasn’t looked capable of snagging large numbers on anyone in the past three weeks. UNLV lags long enough to cover the spread as Notre Dame pulls away late. Prediction: UNLV +27
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