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Sun Bowl Betting Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Oregon St Beavers

December 29, 2023

The 19th-ranked Oregon State Beavers will face the 16th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2023 Sun Bowl on Friday, December 29th, in El Paso, Texas at the Sun Bowl with the game scheduled to start at 2:00 PM ET on Friday afternoon and will air on CBS.


The Oregon State Beavers were one of the best teams in the Pac-12 this season as they finished in 4th place in the conference with a record of 8-4, however, they ended the season on a two-game losing streak following a loss at home against the Washington Huskies by a score of 20-22 and on the road against the Oregon Ducks by a score of 7-31. 


The success this season for the Beavers can be attributed to their offensive play as they enter this game averaging 33.83 points per game while also having an above-average passing offense as they are averaging 237.83 passing yards per game. DJ Uiagalelei played a pivotal role in the success the offense had this season as he finished the season having completed 180 of 315 attempts for 2,638 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 219 yards and six touchdowns.


However, DJ Uiagalelei will not play in this game as he has entered the transfer portal. The Oregon State Beavers will look to end their two-game losing streak when they play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 


Notre Dame enters this game ranked 16th in the College Football Playoff rankings with a record of 9-3 while having won four of their last five games and are on a two-game winning streak following a 56-23 win on the road against the Stanford Cardinals in their season finale. Sam Hartman’s play this season was one of the main reasons for the success of the offense as he completed 191 of 301 attempts for 2,689 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 123 yards and three touchdowns. 


Notre Dame was one of the top offensive teams this season as they enter this game averaging 39.08 points per game which ranks 8th in college football while their defense was one of the top defensive scoring teams in the nation as they allowed the 8th fewest points per game with an average of 16.58 points per game.


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to extend their winning streak to three games and finish with double-digit wins when they play the Oregon State Beavers in the 2023 Sun Bowl on Friday afternoon.


BookMaker has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish listed as 6-point favorites against the Oregon State Beavers in the 2023 Sun Bowl on Friday afternoon. Oregon State has won both games all-time in the series while going 2-0 ATS in those contests with the most recent game having occurred in the 2004 college football season and resulting in a 38-21 win for the Oregon State Beavers and a 3-point cover as a favorite. The Oregon State Beavers are 6-6 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 8-3-1 ATS overall and 8-3 ATS as a favorite on the year.


Oregon State will not have DJ Uiagalelei as their starting quarterback in the bowl game against Notre Dame which will affect the offensive performance of one of the better teams and add to the fact that Notre Dame has been one of the top-scoring defenses in college football this season and things look bleak for the Beavers.


The Fighting Irish have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 8-3-1 ATS overall while the Beavers are 6-6 ATS overall. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they play the Oregon State Beavers in the 2023 Sun Bowl.


Spooky Express Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -6