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The action during the college football bowl season is going to continue to heat up, and that includes the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Friday afternoon. It will be the Oregon State Beavers taking on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a highly-anticipated Sun Bowl.
Not all of the college bowls on the NCAAF schedule deliver a great game, but this is one that looks like it will. Here is a look at the Sun Bowl betting odds and some of the top bets that you can make on this matchup.
|OREGON STATE BEAVERS vs NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
|Location of the Game: Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
|Date and Time: Friday, December 29, 2:00 PM ET
|Reason: 2023 Sun Bowl
|How to watch: watchlivesports.co
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|Notre Dame Fighting Irish -6.5
While there are many different Sun Bowl betting picks to make on this game, keeping things simple is going to be the best course of action. Both of these teams expected to be much higher up on the NCAAF standings, but things didn’t work out that way for either team.
Oregon State was able to keep pace in the Pac-12 because of it’s defense, but they are going to struggle to defend in this game. The Beavers are a team that has some talent on offense, but they haven’t always found the end zone much this year.
Look for Notre Dame to put together a dominant performance in this game as they want to end the season in a big way. The Fighting Irish should be able to break off some big runs against Oregon State, and that will allow them to take control.
Bet on the over 41.5 total points as one of your wagers, and the take the Fighting Irish to cover the 6.5 point spread in this game.
Sun Bowl Betting Odds
Before you are able to put together some Sun Bowl betting picks on Friday afternoon, you are going to have to check out the NCAAF odds that are available. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 6.5 point betting favorites over Oregon State, and the moneyline odds are tight as well.
You can also make NCAAF picks on this Sun Bowl: Oregon State Beavers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish matchup, and that line is sitting at 41.5 total points. There are other prop betting options that you can explore, but those are the main lines to focus on.
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Beavers Can Really Defend
Oregon State is a team that suffered some bad NCAAF injuries near the end of the season, and that kept them from challenging for the Pac-12 Conference crown. The defensive numbers for Oregon State aren’t among the best in the country, but this team had to deal with great Pac-12 offenses.
Oregon State will have to set the tone on defense in this game as they aren’t going to be able to light up the scoreboard. The Beavers did score over 33 points per game this season, but they weren’t great against the best teams on the schedule.
Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has thrown for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, and he is going to have to be sharp in this battle. The Beavers will have to score some points in order to keep pace.
Fighting Irish Want to Run
There were many making Notre Dame predictions in the preseason that had this team reaching the College Football Playoffs. Things went wrong in a big way this season and it was below average play from quarterback Sam Hartman that impacted those results.
Notre Dame is still averaging close to 39 points per game this season, but a majority of that damage was done on the ground this season. Audric Estime rushed for over 1,341 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, and he will play a key role in this game.
Running the football will also give the defense a chance to rest in this game, and that’s going to be a key in this matchup. Notre Dame has a size advantage on defense, and the Fighting Irish will do what it takes to get big stops.