Notre Dame vs Ohio State Fiesta Bowl Free Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 12/9/2015
Friday, January 1st, 2016
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, January 1st, 2016 in the Fiesta Bowl. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 6 point favorites and the over/under was set at 53.5.
Notre Dame was led in passing last game by DeShone Kizer, who finished with 234 yards through the air. He went 13 for 25 on the game, good for a 52% completion percentage. The Fighting Irish were led in rushing by Josh Adams, who finished with 168 yards on 18 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 9 yards per carry. William Fuller led the team in receiving with 6 receptions for 136 yards. He had an average of 23 yards per reception in the contest. As a team in that game Notre Dame had 533 total yards on 60 plays. They gained 14 rushing first downs, 10 passing, and 0 by way of penalty for a total of 24 first downs on the game. The Fighting Irish rushed for 299 yards by way of 35 carries.
Ohio State was led in passing last game by J.T. Barrett, who finished with 113 yards through the air. He went 9 for 15 on the game, good for a 60% completion percentage. The Buckeyes were led in rushing by Ezekiel Elliott, who finished with 214 yards on 30 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Michael Thomas led the team in receiving with 2 receptions for 50 yards. He had an average of 25 yards per reception in the contest. Ohio State had 482 total yards on 69 plays. They gained 18 rushing first downs, 4 passing, and 3 by way of penalty for a total of 25 first downs on the game. The Buckeyes rushed for 369 yards by way of 54 carries.
Notre Dame is scoring 34.8 points per game on offense this season. In the passing department, they are averaging 18.2 passes on 28.8 attempts for a 63 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 256.3 yards per game through the air as well. The Fighting Irish carry the ball for an average of 215.6 yards per game on 37.4 attempts for an average of 5.8 yards per carry this season. They are also running 66.3 plays per game and average 7.1 yards per play for an average of 471.9 yards per contest. The Fighting Irish manage 22.3 first downs per contest and they average a total of 47.6 penalty yards on 5.3 penalties.
Notre Dame gives up an average of 196.8 passing yards and 22.4 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow 15.7 completions per game on 28.6 attempts for a completion percentage of 54.8. The Fighting Irish allow 165.7 rushing yards per game on 36.8 carries for a 4.5 average per play. Notre Dame gives up 362.4 total yards per game including 5.5 yards per play. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.3 penalties per game that total 50.2 yards as a unit.
Ohio State averages 35 points per game this season on offense. In the passing department, they complete 15.3 passes per game on 24.4 attempts for a 62.8 percent completion percentage. They are throwing for 186.9 yards through the air per game thus far. The Buckeyes carry the ball for an average of 242 yards per game on 42.8 attempts for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. They also run 67.3 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for an average of 428.9 yards in each contest. The Buckeyes are gaining 21.1 first downs per contest and they average 55.5 penalty yards on 5.9 penalties per game.
Ohio State gives up 176.2 passing yards per outing and 14 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow an average of 15.4 completions on 31.1 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 49.6. The Buckeyes allow 127.3 rushing yards per contest on 38 carries for a 3.4 average per rush. Ohio State gives up 303.5 total yards per game including an average of 4.4 per play. They create an average of 1.6 turnovers per game and 5.5 penalties for 43.2 yards each game.
Notre Dame Betting Trends
Notre Dame is 6-6-0 against the over/under so far this season
Notre Dame has an ATS record of 8-4-0 this season
Ohio State Betting Trends
Ohio State is 3-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
Ohio State has an ATS record of 5-7-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/08/15 TE Durham Smythe Knee is upgraded to "?" Friday vs. Ohio State
12/08/15 LB James Onwualu Knee is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Ohio State
12/08/15 DL Jarron Jones Knee is upgraded to "?" Friday vs. Ohio State
12/06/15 RB C.J. Prosise Ankle "?" Friday vs. Ohio State
11/23/15 CB KeiVarae Russell Tibia expected to miss Friday vs. Ohio State
11/13/15 WR Equanimeous St. Brown Shoulder out indefinitely
10/18/15 OL Alex Bars Ankle out for season
09/21/15 DB Drue Tranquill ACL out for season
09/13/15 QB Malik Zaire Ankle out for season
09/06/15 RB Tarean Folston Knee out for season
08/28/15 DL Ishaq Williams Eligibility out for season
08/27/15 DB Shaun Crawford Knee out for season
08/13/15 RB Greg Bryant Eligibility out for season
11/12/15 WR Johnnie Dixon Knee out indefinitely
11/08/15 S Erick Smith Knee out for season
10/08/15 DB Cam Burrows Foot out for season
10/08/15 LB Nick Conner Knee out for season
10/05/15 WR Corey Smith Leg out for season
08/26/15 WR Noah Brown Leg out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Ohio State
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