| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | TOLEDO ROCKETS VS. NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

The Toledo Rockets and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Notre Dame Stadium.

Oddsmakers opened the Fighting Irish as -19.5-point favorites versus the Rockets, while the game's total opened at 53.5.

In their last action, Notre Dame was a 41-38 winner on the road against Seminoles. They failed to cover the -7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (79) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Toledo:

Team record: 1-0 SU,0-1 ATS

Toledo is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games

Toledo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toledo's last 13 games

Notre Dame:

Team record: 1-0 SU,0-1 ATS

Notre Dame is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games

Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Notre Dame is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:

Toledo home to Colorado State Saturday, September 18

Notre Dame home to Purdue Saturday, September 18

Notre Dame snuck by Florida State in a dramatic, overtime affair last week. The Irish are trying to take a step forward and become a legitimate national championship contender, rather than a team that is capable of qualifying for the 4-team College Football Playoff each year.

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Saturday afternoon on the college gridiron and the Mid-American Conference will square off with an Independent team as the Toledo Rockets pay a visit to Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana to rumble with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This will be the first-ever meeting between these teams.

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Honestly, I don't see a ton of value on this spread. Basically, if it's under 17 points, I prefer Notre Dame. If it's 17 or more, I think Toledo is the better option. Don't get me wrong, I think the Irish are the better team, but they're on a short week and have a tough stretch of games to get through in the weeks to come. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Irish resting some players if they have the chance to in the second half. Prediction: Notre Dame (-16.5)

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KEY INJURIES

Toledo Injuries

Toledo has no reported injuries at this time.

Notre Dame Injuries

C'Bo Flemister RB 9/9 Undisclosed OUT Flemister sat out the last contest with an unspecified ailment, and he will not dress for Saturday's matchup against Toledo.

Jordan Botelho DL 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Botelho was held out of the last contest due to an unlisted injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against Toledo on Saturday.

Kevin Bauman TE 9/6 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Bauman was removed from the previous contest with an undefined ailment, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Saturday's clash with Toledo.

Logan Diggs RB 9/6 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Diggs missed the previous game with an unknown injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday versus Toledo.

Marist Liufau LB 8/30 Ankle OUT Liufau is expected to miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated ankle.

TEAM LAST 5 GAMES