Oklahoma State and Notre Dame are both gearing up for the College Football Qualifiers. To the State of Oklahoma, a loss to Baylor in the Big 12 championship game knocked the Cowboys out of contention. The Irish, without a conference championship game, need some immediate chaos to get in. A Michigan or Cincinnati Loss would be a big help, but it didn’t happen.
The momentum for a game like this, after nearly missing a playoff spot, can often be of interest. Oklahoma State may be disappointed to have only narrowly lost to Baylor when they had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Mike Gundy says no team has improved as much as this one over the course of the season.
On the other hand, Notre Dame has a new head coach at Marcus Freeman after Brian Kelly’s departure LSU Work. The Irishman is motivated to play for Freeman and shows viewers that Freeman is the right man to lead this team. In a match between two teams meeting for the first time, these are truly two teams that have no reason to be disappointed in this one. Motivation won’t be an issue.
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish compared to the number 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys
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When: Saturday, January 1, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
How to watch: ESPN and ESPN Apps
Opening line from Caesars Sportsbook: Notre Dame Cathedral -2.5
Main players for Notre Dame: DE Isaiah Foskey. Notre Dame’s defense needs to stop the Oklahoma State midfielder Spencer Sanders and interrupt the passing game. Foskey is the man who will do it for the Irish. He leads the team with 10 tackles and 11.5 tackles conceded, six midfield saves and five mandatory fumbles. Foskey has been a key player in Notre Dame’s defense all season and he will also be an important part of this game.
Key players for Oklahoma State: Run back Jaylen Warren. Without Warren, who missed the Big 12 title game with ankle and shoulder injuries, the Cowboys had a one-way up against Baylor. OSU finished with just 70 yards of dash, the second-lowest total of the season. Sanders leads the team with 33 yards of javelin and runs backwards Dezmon Jackson finished with 31. Warren has had five 100-yard runs this season, but only 284 yards in five games in November and December while facing injury. If he’s healthy, he could be under a lot of pressure from Sanders, who has thrown four Baylor interceptions.
Matches to watch: Notre Dame offense against the secondary of the State of Oklahoma. The Cowboys’ D have been excellent all season, but especially for the run, including holding off Baylor, the fastest dashing team in the Big 12, at just 62 yards and 1.9 yards per execution on ground. When Kyren Williams just passing the 1,000-yard mark and averaging 4.9 yards per execution, Notre Dame doesn’t lean heavily on the run, ranking 77th nationally in meters per game and 73rd in meters per take. The Irish will need Jack Coan stay sharp after throwing 345 yards and two times TD faced Stanford two weeks ago.
The X Factor: Gundy has been here before, but this is Freeman’s first time as head coach, and it’s on the national stage. That experience could give the State of Oklahoma an edge because there’s been so much vibe and emotion on the Notre Dame show. However, given the way Kelly runs her program, offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and Freeman, as defensive coordinators, can still deliver game planning and strategy in the competition like they do. usually do. However, knowing what to expect as head coach during a bad week and how to keep a team focused is important, so it’s something to watch out for between the two teams. this.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/32814119/fiesta-bowl-preview-key-players-matchups-notre-dame-oklahoma-state Fiesta Bowl Preview – Key Players and Matches for Notre Dame and Oklahoma State