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Notre Dame Failing To Win The Big One

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Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in the history of college football, but the Fighting Irish have not won a big one in quite some time. Notre Dame has lost seven consecutive games in the month of January. The Irish will hope to end this streak when they take on Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • Ohio State is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
  • Notre Dame is 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three games against Ohio State.
  • J.T. Barrett has more rushing touchdowns than passing touchdowns this season.

It’s amazing to think about how far Notre Dame has come this season. This is a team that has lost their best six players to season-ending injuries, including starting quarterback Malik Zaire. Despite the setbacks, Notre Dame has been able to trot out one of the best offensive trios in the nation with quarterback DeShone Kizer, running back C.J. Prosise and receiver Will Fuller. There are more injury concerns around Prosise, as he missed two of the final three games of the season.

Ohio State has been one of the best in the nation, but have excelled in the classic ground and pound technique. The Buckeyes have only allowed 14 points per game this season while ranking 12th in rushing yards. Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 100-plus yards in all but one game this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were listed as 6-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark. No total was available early in the week, check out the odds pages here or Bovada for updates.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 39-31 win for the Buckeyes. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Ohio State Buckeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 11-1 so far on the season, and 5-7 ATS vs the point spread. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, meanwhile, are 10-2 and 8-4 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Ohio State go 3-9 and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish go 6-6 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ohio State vs Notre Dame injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 4 and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at No. 18 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Ohio State's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 35 PPG, against a Notre Dame defense that ranks No. 34 this week at 22.42 PPG. The Ohio State aerial game is averaging 186.92 yards per game, less than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish secondary allows through the air, 196.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish feature the league's No. 52-rated road run defense, allowing 162.5 yards per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, ranks No. 56 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Notre Dame got a 168-yard performance from Josh Adams, but Stanford prevailed 38-36.

Ezekiel Elliott tore up the turf for 214 rushing yards in the latest Buckeyes game, a 42-13 win over the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.