No matter what kind of sportsbooks review you might use, you will always know that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be a central focus of each and every college football season. At various premier online betting sites in the country, you will get a lot of action on the Irish when college football season arrives. The online sports betting world will not disappoint you when giving you chances to size up Notre Dame on the gridiron this fall.
In any attempt to analyze betonline reviews, one has to be concerned about Notre Dame’s level of quality heading into this season. Last season was a disaster for second-year coach Brian Kelly, who will be under a lot of heat in year three to turn things around. The Irish committed 29 turnovers in 2011, only outdone by nine teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (which had 120 teams last season). Things were even worse in the red zone where Notre Dame turned the ball over seven times, second only to SMU in the FBS.
Quarterbacks Tommy Rees, Dayne Crist, and Andrew Hendrix combined to commit 23 of the 29 turnovers (17 interceptions and six fumbles lost) the Irish suffered last year. Rees alone had 19 turnovers (14 interceptions, five fumbles lost).
Over the last five seasons, only six “BCS schools” had a worse red-zone turnover percentage than Notre Dame’s 5.5 percent. Only one team in the last five seasons had a worse red-zone turnover percentage and finished with a better record: 2009 Nebraska, which featured Ndamukong Suh and one of the best defenses in recent college football history. When turnovers are this much of a problem, and red-zone efficiency proves to be elusive on such a large scale, a few things have to be acknowledged: First, Notre Dame’s difficulties were not limited to one or two games. This was a chronic, pervasive and persistent bugaboo that reared its head more often than not. Notre Dame was about to climb back into its home game with USC, but a fumble on the Trojans’ 1-yard line led to an 80-yard scoop-and-score touchdown for USC that put the game away. Notre Dame didn’t just fail to score on so many of its drives; it gave opposing teams life precisely when it was on the verge of consolidating its own advantageous position. One cannot begin to accurately sum up the entirety of the Irish’s woes in their red zone offense last season.
On defense, Notre Dame should be solid. The Irish have become more athletic and rugged at all three layers of defense, enabling them to keep pace with some of the better offenses in the country. Kelly could not have been disappointed in this side of the ball. However, unless or until the offense carries its fair share of the workload, this team shows few indications that it will be able to move forward and return the Notre Dame name to the top of the heap in college football odds.
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