[3:40 PM] Army v. Notre Dame

What will be the GAME RESULT?

Army: Wins or Single Digit Loss

Notre Dame: Wins By Double Digits


Current odds:

Army Black Knights (+9.5): (TBD)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-9.5): (TBD)


ESPN simulations have Army as XX% favorites to cover the spread

XX% of sports bets are currently on Notre Dame to win as (TBD) favorites.

The line for this game is Notre Dame by 13.5 points.

There will be significant bowl-game ramifications for both sides when Notre Dame takes on Army on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Fighting Irish, ranked ninth in the country to begin the season, will need to win out to gain bowl eligibility – something they’ve achieved in each of coach Brian Kelly’s first six seasons with the school.

In an otherwise frustrating season, the Fighting Irish have seen some growth from quarterback DeShone Kizer. The junior has completed 67.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two weeks, which comes on the heels of a stretch during which he threw at least one interception in six straight games. Notre Dame allowed Navy to run for 320 yards and convert 8-of-13 third downs, which Kelly said was a point of emphasis in preparing for the Black Knights’ ground game.

Junior Ahmad Bradshaw has been forced to go to the air a bit more of late and the results have not been pretty (40.9 percent completion rate, seven interceptions in the last three games). Andy Davidson (707 rushing yards) and Bradshaw (602) lead the way on the ground for a unit that averages 320.6 yards in that category to rank second in the nation. Army’s last win in the series was a 14-2 triumph at Notre Dame in 1958.

Davidson has been kept out of the end zone in four straight games after recording seven TDs in his first five contests this season.

Fighting Irish WR Torii Hunter Jr. recorded career highs of eight catches and 104 yards last week.

Notre Dame last missed a bowl game in 2009, when it finished 6-6.


StreakSmarts Pick: Notre Dame: Wins By Double Digits

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick