15* Champs Sports Bowl Early ANNIHILATOR on Notre Dame +4
Notre Dame vs. Florida State,
12/29/2011 17:30 EDT,
Score: 14 - 18
Point Spread: +4/-115 Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish should not be catching points against the overrated Florida State Seminoles in the Champs Sports Bowl this afternoon. FSU plays in one of the most overrated conferences in the country in the ACC, and they couldn't even make it to the conference title game this season.
FSU had four losses this season to Oklahoma, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia. Notre Dame played a much more difficult schedule, and they have four losses as well. Their four losses came to South Florida, Michigan, USC and Stanford. Two of those teams are playing in BCS bowl games, and USC would be too if they weren't ineligible.
These battle-tested Irish will be much more prepared to face a team like Florida State tonight. Head coach Brian Kelly is one of the best motivators in the business, and when he gets a few extra weeks to teach his players, he makes the most of it. Notre Dame will be the more prepared team coming into this one.
Notre Dame is a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last 6 coming off 2 or more consecutive unders. The Fighting Irish are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog. Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. Take Notre Dame Thursday.