BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl

The Ohio State Buckeyes were the odds on favorite to defend their 2014 national championship before the season began and through most of the season, but an untimely loss cost them a spot in the College Football Playoff. Instead, the Buckeyes will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.

Kickoff: Friday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Additional Read: Notre Dame vs Ohio State Betting

2015/16 BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Notre Dame+6
Ohio State-6

Odds at BetOnline

Team Records
Notre DameIndependent10-28-46-6
Ohio StateBig Ten11-15-73-9

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl Matchup

Ohio State's defense was fantastic all season long, ranking second in the nation allowing only 14 points per game. But the offense that was expected to be so explosive was wildly inconsistent over the course of an 11-1 SU and 5-7 ATS campaign, and an off day in a 17-14 home loss to the Michigan State Spartans sealed the Buckeyes' fate. Without the chance to play in the Big Ten Championship Game, an impressive 42-13 road win over Michigan was too little, too late.

Devastated by injuries all season long, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish still came within just a few plays of being an undefeated team this season. A pair of two-point losses on the road against Clemson and Stanford, two of the best teams in the country, were the only blemishes on Notre Dame's 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS record. Sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer was excellent in relief of the injured Malik Zaire this season with 2,600 passing yards and 19 passing touchdowns as well as 499 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

Both of these teams had dreams of being in the College Football Playoff right up to the end of the year, so it will be interesting to see if either has any issues with motivation playing in the Fiesta Bowl instead. Urban Meyer apparently learned from his mistake of not giving Ezekiel Elliot enough touches against Michigan State, giving his star back 30 carries for 214 yards in the win over Michigan.

Notre Dame is 9-2 SU and 5-5-1 ATS in its last 11 games against Big Ten opponents. This is the first game between these two teams since Ohio State beat Notre Dame 34-20 in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone over in four of the last five Fiesta Bowls.
  • The underdog has covered in seven of the last nine Fiesta Bowls.
  • Ohio State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games after a win.
  • The total has gone under in five of Ohio State's last six games.
  • Ohio State is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games after winning the previous game in a matchup.
  • Notre Dame is 0-3 SU and ATS in its last three games against Ohio State.
  • Notre Dame is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games.
  • Notre Dame is 0-7 SU in its last seven games in January.
  • The total has gone over in five of Notre Dame's last six games after a loss.

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Fiesta Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Fiesta BowlFlorida24Nebraska62-3.5NEBRNEBR
1996Fiesta BowlPenn State38Texas15-1PENNSTPENNST
1997Fiesta BowlSyracuse18Kansas State35-4KAN.STKAN.ST
1998Fiesta BowlFlorida State16Tennessee23+5.5TENNTENN
1999Fiesta BowlTennessee21Nebraska31-3.5NEBRNEBR
2000Fiesta BowlNotre Dame9Oregon State41-3OREGSTOREGST
2001Fiesta BowlOregon38Colorado16-3OREGOREG
2002Fiesta BowlOhio State31Miami24-12OHIOSTOHIOST
2003Fiesta BowlKansas State28Ohio State35+6.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2004Fiesta BowlPittsburgh7Utah35-16UTAHUTAH
2005Fiesta BowlNotre Dame20Ohio State34-4.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2006Fiesta BowlBoise State43Oklahoma42-7BOISEBOISE
2007Fiesta BowlWest Virginia48Oklahoma28-6WESTVWESTV
2008Fiesta BowlOhio State21Texas24-9.5OHIOSTTEXAS
2009Fiesta BowlBoise State17TCU10-7BOISEBOISE
2010Fiesta BowlConnecticut20Oklahoma48-16OKLAOKLA
2011Fiesta BowlStanford38Oklahoma State41-5STANFOOKLAST
2012Fiesta BowlOregon35Kansas State17+8OREORE
2013Fiesta BowlUCF52Baylor42-6.5UCFUCF
2014Fiesta BowlBoise State38Arizona30-2.5Boise StateBoise State
2015Fiesta BowlNotre Dame-Ohio State--6--
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