Third year trend makes Notre Dame fighting Irish appealing

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It was one crazy week of football, both college and pro. The books most likely had another good week for their coffers as I did see two extra Brinks trucks lining up early Monday morning in front of Palace Station.

I know some of my hard earned bucks were going into that truck, but that was last week. We must move on and scratch our way back.

I have one question for all my loyal readers out there, what do these people all have in common? Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, Lou Holtz and Brian Kelly. They were all head coaches of the Notre Dame fighting Irish. Rockne 1918-1930, Leahy 1941-1943 and 1946-1953, Parseghian 1964-1974, Dan Devine (Rudy era) 1975-1980 and Lou Holtz 1986-1996 (second most wins behind Knute’s 105) all won National Titles in their third year.

The key factor is that in that third year they beat both Michigan and Michigan State. Now Brian Kelly, in his third year, has defeated Michigan and Michigan State so the stage is set.

Kelly has a lot in common with Holtz. When Lou got to South Bend he said the speed limit was 65 but his players were moving at around 45. Slow and slower, he went out and got speed. That’s just what Kelly has done with his defense.

Clueless TV

Those who were at Lambeau Field say a very emotional scene played out that was never caught on TV due to “other” more important things like the talking heads. The entire stadium turned red white and blue.

It took 90 workers two weeks to prepare and get all the colored pages mounted under each seat so the fans could hold them up and watch the game through their eye slits. It was very cool but as usual, if you weren’t there you just got to see bla bla bla bla!

NCAA

Saturday, Sept. 29

Penn St. at Illinois: I am looking at the total as the Nittany Lions continued their under streak last week at four straight. UNDER.

La. Tech -3½ at Virginia: The Bulldogs from Ruston have done little wrong so far, going 3-0 while averaging 54.6 points a game. Lay the points on the road. LA. TECH.

Arkansas +13½ at Texas A&M: My trend of the week play, the Aggies have gone 0-7 ATS off a win playing a conference foe off a SU loss as the chalk. We will take the points. ARKANSAS.

Ohio St.+2 at Michigan St.: A good one to watch. Was Urban Meyer playing possum last week? The only team the Spartans could score on was Central Michigan! The host in this game has dropped the last four. OHIO ST.

Wisconsin +12 at Nebraska: The Huskers have played one good team, losing to UCLA in La La land, but have averaged 48.5 points with the patsies. The Badgers have averaged 21.5 points against two good teams, Oregon State losing 10-7 and Utah State winning 16-14, while just getting past No. Iowa 26-21 and UTEP 37-26. Huskers will get revenge from last year’s huge setback in Madison 48-17. NEBRASKA.

NFL

Will the dogs continue to bark is the question? Not this week.

Patriots -3½ at Bills: Belichick and Brady in must-win situation as they can ill afford to go 1-3. A mad team coming off a one-point loss in Baltimore. PATS.

49ers -3 at Jets: Who was that team in Minnesota? The real 49ers show up in this game. 49ERS.

Have a great week and don’t forget to play those 10-team parlay cards. As my dad would say, “You may be walking around lucky and not even know it!”

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact  Richard at [email protected].

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