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Preseason college football lines: Navy vs. Notre Dame

The Irish face their annual foe in Dublin, Ireland on August 29th to open the 2020 college football season

Ovie Oghoufo and Donte Vaughn of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action on defense during the Camping World Bowl against the Iowa State Cyclones at Camping World Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The lines for several major matchup college football games coming this fall have been unveiled at DraftKings Sportsbook. We are just 164 days until kickoff of the best sport, and we’ll be breaking down notable point spreads and odds for the 2020 college football season.

Navy vs. Notre Dame

When and where

August 29th
12:00 p.m. ET
Dublin, Ireland

Spread

Notre Dame -15.5

Money Line

Navy +600
Notre Dame -1000

Why the line is what it is

Navy loses quarterback Malcolm Perry, who head coach Ken Niumatalolo freely admits he didn’t use correctly for most of his career. Perry ran the triple-option to perfection towards the end of 2020, gathering 2,017 rushing yards and 1,084 passing yards in his senior season. But he’s gone now, and the race to replace him is on.

Sophomore Perry Olsen leads the pack of successors, having appeared in eight games during his freshman year.

Why it might change

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book is firmly entrenched as the starter, with 6,118 yards passing and 57 TD’s against 17 INT’s across three seasons for the Irish. Any kind of injury to him in practice would move the line towards the Midshipmen, especially with ND losing backup Phil Jurkovec to Boston College via the transfer portal.

Where the value is now

Navy was 11-2 in 2019, and only lost once by more than 16 last year — but that once was a 52-20 loss to Notre Dame in South Bend. It was 38-3 at halftime, and the Middies gave up 24 in the second quarter alone. It’s the Navy defense, or lack thereof, which is causing the line to be this high.

Ian Book threw for five TD’s and 280 yards in just 20 pass attempts, but with an entire year to scout and prep, it’s unlikely Navy comes out with the same looks with that much time to prepare. With the way the Mids normally control the clock, there might be some value on assigning last year as a fluke more than a standard.

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