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Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State prediction and pick for Saturday's Fiesta Bowl. Handicapper Matt McCuen gives us his pick and breaks down what we can expect to see. Let's start our New Year off with a winner for this one.
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Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Fiesta Bowl

Spread: Notre Dame -0.5

Total: 45.5

Date: Saturday, January 1

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ESPN

Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State odds

Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State Prediction

It is time for the Fiesta Bowl as we have a battle between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!

The Irish enter this game as the 5th overall ranked team, just missing another College Football Playoff and the Cowboys are not far behind them, sitting as the 9th ranked team in the nation.

Notre Dame had some changes since their last game as their head coach Brian Kelly accepted a job at LSU to take over the Tigers. Notre Dame will be playing their first game without Kelly in over a decade, and they will look to get another bowl win added to their history.

The Cowboys came up short in a Big-12 Championship Game against Baylor. A game that may have landed them a playoff spot with a winner. The backbone of this Oklahoma State bunch is their defense, which was one of the best in the nation all season against both the run and pass. Typical Mike Gundy-led teams are more offensive-minded, but this team relies on defense and their running game to get them wins. This will be a great matchup today as the current line for this game is making Notre Dame a slight one-point favorite. Marcus Freeman will be coaching his first-ever game for the Irish, and the team should be motivated for their head coach today.

The play I am going to in this football game today will be the first half under sitting at twenty-three.

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There are a few reasons I will be backing this play but let’s start with the obvious reason. These are both elite teams on the defensive side of the football and good but not great on the offensive side.

I believe Notre Dame will come out early and look to establish the run, which will favor this under due to the pace of play, and we know Oklahoma State will do the same as they look to run early and often.

Oklahoma State allows just 16.8 points per game, while Notre Dame is allowing just 18.3 points per game. These are also excellent defenses in the red zone, so if these teams do gain yards, I believe we will see a lot of possessions turn into three points rather than six. I am willing to roll the dice on the first half under and get an early sweat to kick off the New Year. I hope everyone has a great New Year’s Day, and let’s cash in with this free play! 

Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State Pick

  • PICK: Notre Dame/Oklahoma State 1H under 23 -105

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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