Notre Dame vs. Ohio State - 1/1/16 College Football Fiesta Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
College Football: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -6 -- Over/Under: 53.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN3, ESPN
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Ohio State Buckeyes play New Year's Day in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hope to win their third straight bowl game under coach Brian Kelly. DeShone Kizer is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,596 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Kizer has three passing touchdowns in his last three games. Will Fuller and Chris Brown have combined for 1,707 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Amir Carlisle has 29 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 215.1 yards per contest, and C.J. Prosise leads the way with 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 22.4 points and 362.4 yards per game. Jaylon Smith leads the Irish with 113 tackles, KeiVarae Russell has two interceptions and Romeo Okwara has nine sacks. Jarron Jones, C.J. Prosise and Durham Smythe are questionable.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes look to win at least 12 games for the seventh time in school history. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Barrett has three passing touchdowns in his last three games. Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall have combined for 1,157 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Braxton Miller has 24 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 241.9 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 14 points and 303.5 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Buckeyes with 114 tackles, Tyvis Powell has two interceptions and Tyquan Lewis has seven sacks.
I was never buying stock in Notre Dame this season, as the Irish, as usual, were overrated and spent a lot of the season beating up on cupcakes. The Buckeyes are far more talented on both sides of the ball and their playmakers on offense are sure to give Notre Dame fits. Also, I trust Urban Meyer a lot more with a month to prepare than I do Kelly.
Look for Ohio State to win this game big and cover the reasonable number.