Notre Dame to face Oklahoma State in Fiesta Bowl
Notre Dame finished No. 5 in the final College Football Playoff rankings on Sunday, sending the Fighting Irish to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Notre Dame is going to the Fiesta Bowl where it will face Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma State. The Cowboys lost the Big 12 title to Baylor on the final play of the game on Saturday.
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This should be an interesting matchup for Notre Dame, who just missed out on making the College Football Playoff. It will be the program’s first game with Marcus Freeman as head coach.
Like Notre Dame, Oklahoma State is built on the principle of aggressive defense but is capable of making explosive plays offensively. Quarterback Spencer Sanders has had an up-and-down year but he’s gained over 3,000 total yards this season.
Sanders has, however, thrown six interceptions in his previous two games. His ball security could be an advantage for a Notre Dame team that played its best defense of the season down the stretch.
Notre Dame and Oklahoma State have never met before.
This will be Notre Dame’s sixth appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. The Fighting Irish are 1-4 in those games but have lost four straight. Their last win in the Fiesta Bowl came in 1988.
Kickoff is on Jan. 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET.