Miami opened as a 1-point underdog at Notre Dame, according to odds posted Sunday morning by VegasInsider.
But as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, that line was even.
So the oddsmakers seemingly can’t decide whether Miami (4-3, 1-3 ACC) should be favored on the road after losing three straight games, or if Notre Dame (2-5) should be a home favorite after a bye and two losses in a row.
The way both teams have performed has taken some of the luster off the reboot of one of the best rivalries of the 1980s, one which inspired an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary to air after the season.
The Hurricanes’ injury troubles have exposed its lack of depth on defense, and an inability to protect quarterback Brad Kaaya has stifled an offense many thought would be potent. Miami hopes to get several defensive players back, including standout end Chad Thomas (upper body).
Notre Dame was a preseason top-10 pick, with two talented quarterbacks and plenty of talent in the skill positions and in the front seven. Meanwhile, it has lost five games — all by eight points or less — and fired its defensive coordinator. The Irish can’t stop anyone through the air and quarterback DeShone Kizer is struggling. In their last two games combined, they have scored 20 points and allowed 20.
It’s shaping up to be the worst season for the Irish since Charlie Weis went 3-9 in 2007. If Miami wins Saturday, Notre Dame will have lost four home games in a row, its worst since a six-game home skid that year.