Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State at Notre Dame 1/1/22 College Football Picks and Predictions

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1) vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-2)

Game Info: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm (State Farm Stadium)

Betting Odds: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in a college football showdown in The Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. 

Oklahoma State comes into this game with an 11-2 record and they have gone 9-3-1 against the spread. Even though Oklahoma State has found success, they are coming off a loss against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game. Oklahoma State fell behind 21-6 at halftime, and although the defense was better in the second half, it was enough to complete the comeback. The Cowboys are averaging 30.62 points while their defense is giving up 16.77 points per game. Spencer Sanders has been the top player for the Cowboys throwing for 2,468 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who sit with an 11-1 record and they have gone 9-3 against the spread. The only loss for Notre Dame came against Cincinnati and they just missed out on the college football playoff. Brian Kelly has left for LSU, and Marcus Freeman has taken over as head coach. Freeman knows this team, and it’s clear the team really likes him. Notre Dame is averaging 35.2 points per game but they have a tough task going against the Oklahoma State defense. Under center for Notre Dame is Jack Coan who has thrown for 2.641 yards, 20 touchdowns, and six interceptions. 

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Notre Dame is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games. The Notre Dame are 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. The under is 8-0 in Oklahoma State’s last eight games as an underdog. The under is 5-0 in Oklahoma State’s last five games on grass. 

Oklahoma State’s defense has been good, and I expect Notre Dame is going to struggle to move the ball. I also don’t see the Cowboys offense finding a whole lot of success, and that is going to lead to this game staying well under the total. 

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