It’s not often that a team ranked in the top 10 in the country isn’t the favorite, when that team is playing at home it almost never happens.
However, this Saturday in South Bend, Notre Dame will be a home dog against Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets head to Notre Dame Stadium this week where they will be two and a half to three point favorites against the Irish.
As Las Vegas betting expert RJ Bell points out, Notre Dame being an underdog at home has been extremely rare over the last quarter century.
Notre Dame has been a home underdog 26 times in the last 25 seasons. 16-10 Against The Spread. +2.5 hosting Georgia Tech.— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) September 16, 2015
That time span includes six seasons where the Fighting Irish were at .500 or below for the season.
Notre Dame is ranked in the top ten by both the AP and the Coaches Poll, while Georgia Tech is ranked No. 14 and 16, respectively.
Of course, there is an obvious reason for the point spread being where it is, the loss of starting quarterback Malik Zaire.
Zaire left Notre Dame’s game against Virginia with a gruesome ankle injury. The quarterback is out for the remainder of the season and has been replaced by sophomore DeShone Kizer.
Kizer threw the game winning touchdown against Virginia last week after replacing Zaire.
More great plays including DeShone Kizer’s 39-yard game winning pass to Will Fuller. http://t.co/pP9TE7Vwza pic.twitter.com/dy3d0TERx6 — Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 14, 2015