The 2015 Fiesta Bowl sponsored by Battlefrog might be best bowl game of the season, college football playoffs included. It will be the 8th-ranked Norte Dame Fighting Irish facing the 7th ranked and defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes which could of easily ended up being the matchup for the College Football National Championship finals.
A Closer Look At The #9 Notre Dame Irish #5 Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
The college football Fiesta Bowl betting odds favor Ohio State by 6.5-points to beat Notre Dame. If you are betting on the moneyline straight up, the Fighting Irish pay 200 on your 100 while the Buckeyes pay 260 on 100. The game total is 53.5.
What: Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl
Who: No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) at No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
When: Friday, January 1, 2016
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Glendale, AZ
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: Ohio State -6.5
Moneyline: Notre Dame +200 vs Ohio State -260
Game Total: 53.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Notre Dame vs Ohio State
Bet The Notre Dame Irish +6.5 Because…
The Irish has been an ATS juggernaut in 2015. Notre Dame went 8 and 4 ATS on the season. What’s surprising is that Notre Dame has an excuse for when they didn’t cover spread. The Irish beat Virginia 34 to 27 as a -13.5 favorite. That was the game where they lost QB Malik Zaire. Notre Dame only beat Temple 24 to 20 as a -11 point favorite. Temple was undefeated at the time and got to play Notre Dame at home. The Irish failed to cover a -25.5 point spread against Wake Forest. Notre Dame pummeled Wake 28 to 7. They could have beaten the Demon Deacons by far more points. Notre Dame did cover the spread in their only 2 losses, a 22 to 24 loss to Clemson on the road and a 36 to 38 loss to Stanford on the road.
Bet The Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 Because…
Ohio State is back on track after destroying rival Michigan 42 to 13 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State looked terrible when losing 14 to 17 to Michigan State. The team bounced back with a stunning performance against Michigan where RB Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns and QB J.T. Barrett passed for 113 yards and a TD and rushed for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense held Michigan to 2.3 yards rushing per carry. If that Ohio State teams shows up in the Fiesta Bowl, Notre Dame is going to get spanked.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Ohio State was awesome against Michigan but that was when they believed they still had a shot to get into the College Football Playoff. Now that Ohio State is essentially playing for nothing, expect the same lack of focus to come from their star players they’ve displayed all season long. Notre Dame is always focused even in their losses. The Irish should win this game straight up.