Ohio State vs. Notre Dame – Picks & Predictions

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Ohio State vs. Notre Dame – Picks & Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: September 20, 2023 | Last Updated: September 25, 2023

College football fans are in for a treat this Saturday in a rare matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Odds are available at all the best sports betting apps featuring a mix of spreads, totals, and props.

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The Buckeyes are ranked #6 and looking for their fourth win of the season after dominating against Indiana, Youngstown St., and Western Kentucky, while the Irish hold a 4-0 record and are ninth in the AP Top 25 college football rankings.

Ohio State is favored by three points on the road in South Bend after failing to cover the spread this season before last week’s win against Western Kentucky. The Irish are looking for payback after last season’s 21-10 loss that helped launch the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff race, with this year’s matchup also having national championship implications.

Head-To-Head: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

With all the history among two of the most prestigious Midwest football programs of the last few decades, it’s surprising that Ohio State and Notre Dame have only faced each other six times, with only four meetings during the regular season. Their last two matchups were both in the Fiesta Bowl, and they haven’t had a regular season game scheduled against each other since 1996. 

The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings and lead the all-time series 4-2. Their last win was in the 2015 Fiesta Bowl when they beat the Irish 44-28. The teams first met in 1935, when Notre Dame upset undefeated Ohio State 18-13 in front of a then-record 81,018 fans at Ohio Stadium.   

How to Bet on Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

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Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Odds

Ohio State is listed as a -3 favorite at most college football betting sites, with a bet on the Buckeyes currently paying -172 odds on the moneyline. Those hoping for a Notre Dame upset can get -105 odds if the Irish cover the spread and +142 odds on a moneyline bet.

Betting Tips for Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

Ohio State hasn’t played against a ranked non-conference opponent since 2016. Notre Dame is ranked 9th in the country with 46 points scored per game, and QB Sam Hartman is off to a great start with 1,061 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions. 

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. averages 21.7 yards per catch while putting up 304 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Bettors may want to consider taking the over 55 points on the total for this matchup, which is currently listed at -115 odds.

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Ohio state vs. Notre dame - picks & predictions

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Predictions

Oddsmakers expect a strong game from the Buckeyes in this battle between two high-scoring offenses. Hartman should be a handful for an Ohio State defense that has yet to be tested against solid competition.

The Notre Dame defense hopes to put pressure on QB Kyle McCord all night and create turnovers that could make a difference in this game.

Notre Dame should cover at home against an Ohio State squad that hasn’t been that impressive against their inferior opponents this season.

Prediction: Notre Dame +3

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.