Notre Dame is coming off an undefeated regular season with wins over Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Florida State and USC.
Now, heading into the College Football Playoff, Brian Kelly and Co. will have to take out the undefeated Clemson Tigers in the semifinals. If the Irish were to somehow win that game, they’d have a matchup with either Alabama or Oklahoma in the championship game.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a rough road for a team that enters the CFP as one of the most overlooked in recent college football history.
Just look at the odds Bovada set forth for the CFP with less than two weeks until the four teams do battle.
Bama beats Clemson 5/7
Clemson beats Bama 7/2
Bama beats Notre Dame 9/2
Clemson beats OU 13/2
OU beats Clemson 16/1
Notre Dame beats Bama 18/1
OU beats Notre Dame 22/1
Notre Dame beats OU 28/1
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 17, 2018
As you can see, the Irish continue to be disrespected by Vegas. Given just how dominant Alabama and Clemson have been, this isn’t terribly surprising.
Notice how the Sooners and reigning Heisman winner Kyler Murray are also pretty darn low on the list?
It’s a clear indication that Vegas is expecting the Crimson Tide and Tigers to prevail in the semifinals, setting the tone for what would be an epic championship game.
On the other hand, Notre Dame an Oklahoma will be looking to ruin that possibility as heavy dogs come Dec. 29.