NCAAF Betting: 2021 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Calendar Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 2, 2021 in

We are under a month away from the start of the 2021 college football season. Fall camp is closing in, and official rosters are starting to pop up on school websites across the country.

Win totals, championship odds, and other betting lines have been out for some time now, and today we will take a look at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish schedule, NCAAF betting odds, and more for the Fighting Irish’s 2021 season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Calendar Odds & Preview for the 2021 Season

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2020 Review

For the first time in program history, the Notre Dame football team joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. Historically, the Irish operate as an independent with no football affiliations to a conference. With many conferences keeping play in-house, Notre Dame had no choice but to join the ACC.

Notre Dame rolled through the ten-game regular season with victories over North Carolina and a double-overtime thriller at home over Clemson. The undefeated season put the Irish in the ACC Championship for a rematch against the Tigers.

Clemson got the better of Notre Dame in the rematch, downing the Irish 34-10 in the title game. Notre Dame earned a spot on the College Football Playoff for the second time in school history, even with the loss. The Irish were no match for eventual national champion Alabama, losing 31-14 and ending the season on a two-game losing streak.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds for 2021

According to mybookie, The Fighting Irish are +6000 to win the national title. Notre Dame has the best odds of independent schools.

ND’s schedule will be a bit more difficult this season, but the Irish have only four true road games on the schedule. The Fighting Irish open the season on the road against Florida State.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2021 Schedule

The Fighting Irish open the season on the road against Florida State. Last season Notre Dame took down the Seminoles, 42-26, in South Bend. Following the season-opener, the Irish have winnable contests against Toledo and Purdue before taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in Chicago at Soldier Field. 

After the matchup against Wisconsin, it doesn’t get any easier over the following weeks for the Irish. The month of October will be pivotal with home contests against Cincinnati, USC, and North Carolina and a road trip to Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.

Notre Dame closes out the 2021 season with home games against Navy and Georgia Tech and road trips to Virginia and Stanford.

Notre Dame’s Schedule

  • Sept 5 – at Florida State
  • Sept 11 – vs. Toledo
  • Sept 18 – vs. Purdue
  • Sept 25 – vs. Wisconsin (Soldier Field)
  • Oct 2 – vs. Cincinnati
  • Oct 9 – vs. at Virginia Tech
  • Oct 23 – vs. USC
  • Oct 30 – vs. North Carolina
  • Nov 6 – vs. Navy
  • Nov 13 – at Virginia
  • Nov 20 – vs. Georgia Tech
  • Nov 27 – at Stanford

2021 Season Prediction

Head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish must replace the winnest quarterback in school history but return a loaded backfield and budding star at tight end. Wisconsin graduate transfer Jack Coan is expected to step into the quarterback role and ease the loss of Ian Book.

The Irish had to replace defensive coordinator Clark Lea, who is now the head coach at Vanderbilt. Notre Dame replaced Lea with a star in coordinator Marcus Freeman. A handful of key players from last season’s unit return to help Freeman’s transition from Cincinnati.