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Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame Betting Preview

Published on 01/01/2022
By Scott Gramling
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Sat 1:00 PM ET
Spread
ML
Total
277OKS(9)
-1-110
-115
45-110 o
278ND(5)
+1-110
-105
45-110 u
Betting Angle
Not available right now

Three things you should know before betting the Fiesta Bowl:

1. The strength of Oklahoma State is a rushing defense that allowed an average of 91.2 yards on the ground in 2021, which ranked fifth among FBS teams behind only Wisconsin, San Diego State, Georgia and Alabama. The Cowboys’ rushing defense saved its best performance for last, holding the Big 12’s top rushing team to 62 yards on 33 carries in a loss to Baylor in the conference title game. Since the start of the 2020 regular season, Oklahoma State is 8-1 against the spread when coming off a game in which the team allowed 100 or fewer rushing yards. The Cowboys have outscored opponents by an average margin of 23.3 points over those nine games.

2. Notre Dame is 6-12 both straight-up and against the spread over its past 18 bowl games. That includes records of 1-8 straight-up and 2-7 against the spread in January games. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, has thrived in the underdog role in recent seasons, going 11-4 straight-up and 14-1 against the spread when getting fewer than 12 points since the midway point of the 2016 season.

3. All eight of the games Oklahoma State has played as an underdog since the start of the 2019 season have gone Under the total. In the 20 games the Cowboys have played since the start of 2019 against opponents that complete at least 62 percent of their pass attempts, all but five have gone Under the total.

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