Oregon State @ Notre Dame 12/29/23 Free Pick, NCAAF Odds, NCAAF Predictions

Oregon State (8-4) at Notre Dame (9-3)

Game Info: Friday, December 29th, 2023 at  2 p.m. EST (Sun Bowl)

Betting Odds: Notre Dame -6 (-110) - Over/Under (41.5)

Pick: Notre Dame -6 (-110)

Notre Dame and Oregon State both put together successful seasons, and one of them will be looking to end it with a victory in this game here on Friday afternoon. These are two teams that came into the year with arguably higher expectations, and although they didn’t reach those expectations, they still put together quality campaigns and they will look to finish it on a high note with a victory in the Sun bowl here on Friday. Neither team will have their starting quarterback in this game as both teams have lost plenty of talent to the transfer portal so it’ll be interesting to see how this one shakes out on Friday afternoon. 

Oregon State put together a solid year and the final year of the Pac 12 conference as they won eight games and they will be looking for their ninth victory of the season here on Friday afternoon. However, they have lost a lot to the transfer portal and they have lost their head coach as well so they will have plenty to overcome in this game against Notre Dame on Friday, as they look to end their season with a victory. They will be without their starting quarterback, as he opted to enter the transfer portal following their regular season finale so their backup quarterback will get the start in this game against Notre Dame.

It will certainly be no easy task for Oregon State if they want to pick up the victory over Notre Dame in this game, but they will have to rely on their defense and match strength with the Fighting Irish if they want to come out on top of this game. They will also look to snap their current two game losing streak after ending the regular season on a low note as they look to get back into the win column and build up as much momentum as possible heading into the offseason. They will have their third string quarterback starting this game after the exit of their top two QBs and they will have a nearly full strength Notre Dame defense to play against in this one. 

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If not for a couple of untimely losses, this Notre Dame team would’ve been playing in the college football playoffs. You can arguably go back and review all three of their losses this season and figure out several reasons why they should’ve won those games, including the games against Ohio State and Louisville. However, Notre Dame has put together a quality season in Marcus Freeman’s second year and they will look the cap off with their 10th victory of the season here on Friday afternoon against Oregon State. They will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman, and Steve Angeli will make the first start of his Notre Dame football career here in this game. 

They will be without several key pieces on the offense, but their defense should be at full strength for this one here on Friday afternoon. That will be what they lean on to pick up the victory in this game against Oregon State. Notre Dame has shown strength from the defensive side of the football all season long and that is likely what will help lead them to a victory in this game on Friday afternoon against Oregon State as well. It’ll be interesting to see how this offense performs after several players are sitting out and several players exited through the transfer portal after the regular season, but Notre Dame wants to get the job done in this one they need to make the necessary stops on defense.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Notre Dame is 5-3 after a win 

- Notre Dame is 9-2 as a favorite 

- Notre Dame is 1-0 at neutral sites 

I expect this to be a close and competitive game throughout the entirety of the contest, but in the end I look for Notre Dame to pull out the victory in this game against Oregon State. As I look for the Notre Dame defense to get the job done here in this one and lead the Fighting Irish to their 10th victory of the regular season as they look to clinch their first double digit win season of the Marcus Freeman era here on Friday afternoon. Not only do I look for Notre Dame to pick up the victory in this game, but I also expect them to cover the spread here in this game as well against the Beavers.

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