South Point expands college football openers to 99 games

By Matt Youmans  (VSiN senior editor) 

June 22, 2017 01:15 PM

Few coaches enter this season under more pressure and scrutiny than Brian Kelly. A four-win season at Notre Dame does not translate to job security.


The Fighting Irish probably need to at least flip last year’s 4-8 record for Kelly to extend his stay in South Bend.


South Point sports book director Chris Andrews said he expects Kelly to field a “fair” team that is bowl eligible in 2017.


“I have lost some confidence in Kelly,” Andrews said. “I think he’s got to get to eight wins, but even that might not do it at Notre Dame.”


Andrews opened lines for Week 1 on May 25. ( Four days later, he opened numbers on 66 of the college football season’s marquee games (, and the menu was expanded to 99 games with the addition of 33 on Thursday afternoon.


Notre Dame opened as a 1-point home underdog against Georgia on Sept. 9. It figures to be a key game in determining Kelly’s fate and the direction of the Irish’s season.


The Irish went 2-4 at home last season with losses to Michigan State, Duke, Stanford and Virginia Tech.


The South Point opened regular-season win totals on 130 teams on June 2 (​otals/). Notre Dame’s win total was posted at 7½.


The South Point’s additional opening lines (home team in CAPS):

Saturday, Sept. 9


Georgia  1  NOTRE DAME

Louisville  5  NORTH CAROLINA


Saturday, Sept. 16


Saturday, Sept. 23

Florida  2  KENTUCKY

Penn State  10  IOWA

OKLAHOMA STATE  6.5  Texas Christian

Thursday, Sept. 28

Texas  3  IOWA STATE

Saturday, Sept. 30


Georgia  1  TENNESSEE

Saturday, Oct. 7

Louisiana State  3  FLORIDA

TEXAS  5  Kansas State

Saturday, Oct. 14

KANSAS STATE  1  Texas Christian

STANFORD  11.5  Oregon

FLORIDA  4  Texas A&M

Thursday, Oct. 19

HOUSTON  6.5  Memphis

Saturday, Oct. 21

ALABAMA  21  Tennessee

Oklahoma  9  KANSAS STATE


Saturday, Oct. 28


Friday, Nov. 3

TULSA  4  Memphis

Saturday, Nov. 4

Auburn  3  TEXAS A&M

NEBRASKA  1  Northwestern

Saturday, Nov. 11

Southern California  6  COLORADO

MINNESOTA  4  Nebraska

UTAH  Pick  Washington State

Saturday, Nov. 18

WISCONSIN  10  Michigan

NOTRE DAME  12  Navy


Friday, Nov. 24

TOLEDO  3.5  Western Michigan


Saturday, Nov. 25

NORTH CAROLINA STATE  3.5  North Carolina

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly needs to bounce back from a 4-8 season. The Irish opened as 1-point home underdogs against Georgia on Sept. 9.
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