Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
|Date & Time||Friday January 1, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -6 -- Over/Under: 53.5
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl Game.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were 11-1 this season and finished 2nd in the Big Ten East Division standings. The Ohio State offense is averaging 35 points per game with 241.9 rushing yards per game and 187 passing yards per game. J.T. Barrett is the Ohio State quarterback who is completing 63.8% of his passes for 781 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Barrett also has 586 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for Ohio State. Ezekiel Elliott has 1672 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns for the Buckeyes. Michael Thomas has 709 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Jalin Marshall has 448 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Ohio State. The Ohio State defense is giving up 14 points per game with 176.2 passing yards per game and 127.3 rushing yards per game. Raekwon McMillan has 114 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has 7 sacks, and Tyvis Powell has 2 interceptions for Ohio State. Ohio State is +2 in turnover margin this season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were 10-2 this season with their only two losses coming against Clemson and Stanford by two points each. The Notre Dame offense is averaging 34.8 points per game with 256.7 passing yards per game and 214.8 rushing yards per game. DeShone Kizer is the Notre Dame quarterback who is completing 63.4% of his passes for 2600 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Kizer also has 499 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish. C.J. Prosise has 1032 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for Notre Dame. Prosise is questionable for this game with an injury, but his backup is Josh Adams who has 757 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for Notre Dame. Will Fuller has 1145 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, while Chris Brown has 562 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for Notre Dame. The Notre Dame defense is giving up 22.4 points per game with 195.7 passing yards per game and 166.8 rushing yards per game. Jaylon Smith has 113 tackles, Romeo Okwara has 8 sacks, and Cole Luke has 2 interceptions for Notre Dame. Notre Dame is -5 in turnover margin this season.
This should be one of the better bowl games this year with two very good teams facing off. Notre Dame played in a lot of close games this season, but was able to win almost all of them. Notre Dame is a little banged up coming into this game so it will be interesting to see who plays and who sits out. Ohio State had a good season with their only loss coming to Michigan State on a last second field goal in a game that was played in a rainstorm. Ohio State ended the season blowing out Michigan, as they Buckeyes looked like one of the top teams in the nation. Ohio State has a very good defense that will give Notre Dame all sorts of trouble. I think Ohio State is the better team here and I am picking them to win.