Dan LeBatard refuses to make homer Miami pick: ‘I think Notre Dame is better’

Dan LeBatard might’ve made that absurd bet with Mike Golic but that doesn’t mean he truly believes his alma mater Miami will knock off Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Miami-based ESPN personality made a friendly wager with Golic that the loser will have to to give a butt massage to his radio co-host Stugotz.

However, while his rooting interest is undeniable, LeBatard can’t shake the sense that Notre Dame (8-1) is going to hand Miami (8-0) its first loss of the season.

So despite choosing the Canes for the bet, LeBatard thinks the Fighting Irish will leave Hard Rock Stadium with a victory.

“I simply think Notre Dame is a better football team and I’ve watched Miami this season win a lot of close games in unimpressive fashion,” LeBatard said on his radio show.

LeBatard claims it’s nothing personal and he’s not trying to be a Miami hater. He merely believes this won’t be a good matchup for the Canes.
“I’m picking against your team because I think Notre Dame is better,” LeBatard said. “That’s it.”
LeBatard doesn’t mind being the punching bag for a Hurricanes fan base clamoring for “The U” to be back. As a lifelong Miami native and graduate of the university, he doesn’t see the need to defend his loyalty for his city.
But LeBatard gets why he’s an easy target.
“The Canes fan doesn’t really understand: ‘Wait a minute people really like the turnover chain? Where’s the hate? I miss the hate. Bring me the hate. LeBatard will do’.”
When it’s all said and done, LeBatard’s heart is with the Canes but his head is with the Irish.
“I say this genuinely: I will be rooting for Miami on Saturday night. Of course I will be,” LeBatard said.
Miami will be seeking their first win vs. Notre Dame since a 27-10 victory in 1989. Miami lost at Notre Dame 30-27 last season.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 18-7-1, with the games in Miami tied at 6-6-1.

No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 7 Miami is slated for an 8 p.m. (EST) kickoff and will be televised on ABC.

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