Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ian Book
Notre Dame 2019 Betting Odds
- National Title: 50-1
- To Make The Playoff: 12-1
- Win Total: 9
Notre Dame Schedule, Projected Spreads
What to Like about Notre Dame
Last season was a magical run for the Irish. An opening win over Michigan, a seamless transition between quarterbacks, and being the 10th program to compete in the College Football Playoff. With no conference championship game, it’s now abundantly clear that Notre Dame must have an undefeated season to compete for the national title.
Brian Kelly retains his coordinators, as Clark Lea proved himself one of the best defensive coaches in the country. Lea had long followed Mike Elko, now with Texas A&M, as an assistant. Notre Dame was 25th in defensive success rate and 9th against explosive plays.
This season, the Irish return three defensive backs that accounted for 23% of the teams total havoc in 2018.
With Brandon Wimbush’s transfer to Central Florida, Ian Book is locked in as the starting quarterback. Backup redshirt freshman Phil Jurkovec is the most highly-rated recruit at the position, but may lack a bit of polish before kickoff.