Notre Dame vs. UNLV live stream, watch online, tv channel, start time, football game odds, prediction

After a disappointing loss to Stanford, Notre Dame looks to get back in the win column this weekend. The Fighting Irish, in theory, should be able to do that job when they welcome UNLV to South Bend, Indiana in Week 8.

Notre Dame comes into this game with a 3-3 record after falling to Stanford 16-14 in an ugly affair last weekend. With the exception of one game against a porous North Carolina defense, the Irish offense has been floundering for much of the season. Perhaps a matchup against the Rebels defense, which has given up at least 40 points in each of the last two weeks, will be the cure for what ails Notre Dame. The Irish need to score a win before back-to-back games against two currently undefeated ACC teams: Syracuse and Clemson.

UNLV jumped out to a 4-1 start to the season, but has been bombed in back-to-back games. In losses to San Jose State and Air Force, the Rebels have lost by a combined score of 82-14. UNLV might even be itching to take on a Notre Dame offense that is only scoring 23.7 points per game, which ranks 100th in the country. Regardless of what the defense looks like, UNLV has to find a way to hit double figures on offense if it wants a sentence to pull off the upset.

How to watch Notre Dame vs. UNLV

Date: Saturday October 22 | Weather: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, Indiana
Live broadcast: Peacock

Three players to watch

Michael Mayer, Notre Dame TE: There’s not much to love about Notre Dame’s offense these days, but Mayer is clearly a star. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound tight end moves well for someone his size, and that makes him a primary weapon for Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, especially in the red zone. In six games, Mayer has caught 38 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Pyne will throw a lot in Mayer’s direction on Saturday.

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Jack Kiser, LB for Notre Dame: Kiser is coming off a strong game against Stanford in which he recorded five total tackles. Through six games, Kiser ranks second on the team with 34 total tackles and has added 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. The former three-star recruit has emerged as a leader of this Notre Dame defense, and he’ll be tasked with holding off a strong UNLV attack.

Aidan Robbins, UNLV RB: Robbins currently ranks third in Mountain West with 591 rushing yards. His 84.4 yards per game ranks fourth in the conference. Despite the Rebels’ recent offensive struggles, Robbins has been a bright spot for much of the season. It will be interesting to see if he can bounce back against Notre Dame after rushing just 30 yards against Air Force.

Notre Dame vs UNLV Prediction

Odds through Caesars Sportsbook

Both teams are limping in this game, and Las Vegas oddsmakers seem to believe that more pain awaits UNLV. Notre Dame is currently a 27-point favorite, but its only double-digit win of the season thus far is a 13-point victory over North Carolina. The Fighting Irish haven’t exactly shown any kind of killer instinct yet, and their offense doesn’t seem capable of hanging a big number on anyone over the past three weeks. UNLV stays long enough to cover the spread as Notre Dame pulls away late. Prediction: UNLV +27

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