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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs
Ohio State Buckeyes Pick

Line: Ohio State -6.5, Total: 67
College Football Lines

Fiesta Bowl Preview

Both No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Notre Dame were in the hunt for the College Football playoff until late in the season, but will settle for a matchup in the Fiesta Bowl instead. The Fighting Irish overcame a host of key injuries this season, but were done in by a loss to Stanford in the season’s final week. Ohio State’s chances of defending its title ended with a loss to Michigan State on Nov. 21.
Players to watch
Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller averages 20.4 yards per reception, totaling 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.
Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott ranks fifth in the FBS with 1,672 rushing yards and tied for fourth with 19 touchdowns.
Key Stats
The Buckeyes have won three straight meetings with Notre Dame, including a 34-20 win in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Both teams have losing records in bowl games, with Notre Dame 16-17 and Ohio State 21-23 overall.
The Buckeyes rank second in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing 14 points per game, and have outscored opponents by an average of 21 points.
Notre Dame averages 7.1 yards per play, including 5.8 yards per rushing attempt.
Ohio State kickers Jack Willoughby and Sean Nuernberger are just 7-of-12 this season with a long of 39 yards.
The Buckeyes have turned the ball over 17 times this season, but only four have come in the last seven games.

Injuries
Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell is not expected to play due to a tibia injury.
Ohio State defensive lineman Tommy Schutt is doubtful with a foot injury.

Ohio State vs Notre Dame Betting Trends

Notre Dame:
Team record: 10-2 SU,8-4 ATS
Notre Dame is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Notre Dame is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Ohio State:
Team record: 11-1 SU,5-7 ATS
Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio State’s last 6 games

Fiesta Bowl Prediction

These two teams could have been in the playoffs. I still think there should be fewer bowl games overall but that the College Football Playoffs should include 8 teams. If it did, both of these teams would be in the playoffs. A great football game to watch. The game will be close and should come down the to late in the fourth quarter. The line is 6.5 or 7 depending on where you bet. I will take Notre Dame plus 6.5 but shop for 7 if you have the time.

Pick: Notre Dame +6.5

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Fiesta Bowl Score Prediction: Ohio State 30 – Notre Dame 27