Notre Dame vs. Ohio State Odds, Game Schedule, Expert Picks

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Key Takeaways:

  • Ohio State is currently a 3.5-point favorite over Notre Dame via FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Using implied probability, the Ohio State Buckeyes have a 59.1% chance to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, Sept. 23 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC).
  • The Buckeyes have won the last five straight meetings, taking down Notre Dame 21-10 in 2022.

This year's Notre Dame vs. Ohio State matchup will be a bit different as Ohio State hasn't played in South Bend, Indiana for more than two decades. But with both teams heading into this one undefeated, this should be one of the best matchups of the weekend. 

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September 2023 Ohio State vs Notre Dame Spread

The Ohio State vs. Notre Dame odds currently favor the Buckeyes as a 3.5-point favorite per FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio. For fans in Columbus, that's great to hear, and the Buckeyes' first real test of the season cannot come soon enough.

๐Ÿˆ Notre Dame vs. Ohio State OddsNotre Dame +3.5 (-110), Ohio State -3.5 (-110)
๐Ÿ‘‘ Notre Dame Odds to Win National Championship+1500
๐Ÿ‘‘ Ohio State Odds to Win National Championship+1000

Ohio State failed to cover the spread in two of three matchups this season, but still hold a 3-0 record on the season. Notre Dame, meanwhile, is 3-1 ATS this season and 4-0 overall.

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How to Watch Notre Dame vs Ohio State Game

Most of Ohio State's top games will be featured on either NBC or FOX. The Ohio State vs. Notre Dame game in particular will be on NBC. It will also be available on NBC's streaming service, Peacock.

Latest OSU vs. ND Updates

  • ๐Ÿ“† Sept. 16, 2023: Ohio State thrashes Western Kentucky 63-10, moving to 3-0, while Notre Dame blows out Central Michigan 41-17 to improve to 4-0.
  • ๐Ÿ“† Aug. 26, 2023: Notre Dame thrashes Navy in season opener 42-3, covering as a 20.5-point favorite.
  • ๐Ÿ“† June 1, 2023: ESPN lists Ohio State as preseason No. 1 in ESPN's FPI.
  • ๐Ÿ“† June 2023: DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio lists Ohio State QB Kyle McCord at +2200 to win the Heisman Trophy, which is good for the 10th-best odds in the country.
  • ๐Ÿ“† April 27, 2023: C.J. Stroud is taken by the Texans with the No. 2 overall pick
  • ๐Ÿ“† Jan. 13, 2023: Defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste transfers from Ohio State to Notre Dame.
  • ๐Ÿ“† Jan. 5, 2023: Wake Forest starting quarterback Sam Hartman announces he will transfer to Notre Dame.
  • ๐Ÿ“† Sept. 3, 2022: Marcus Freeman opens the season and his coaching career with Notre Dame with 21-10 loss to Ohio State.

Ohio State and Notre Dame Rankings

Notre Dame currently sits at No. 9 in both the AP Top 25 and the AFCA Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes rank No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the coaches poll.

Notre Dame's ranking in the polls has been a steady climb this season, as the team ranked No. 13 in both polls prior to season start. Ohio State remains in the same spot as it did in the preseason in the coaches poll, but fell from No. 3 in the AP poll.

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Ohio State Coaches and Top Team Players

Ryan Day is in his sixth season as the Buckeyes head coach, taking over after a seven-year campaign by Urban Meyer. Day has finished the last two seasons 11-2, losing to UGA in the Peach Bowl, which is the College Football Playoff semifinal, last season. The Buckeyes and Day promoted Brian Hartline to offensive coordinator from wide receivers coach this season. Jim Knowles, who will need to earn back the trust of fans after allowing 45 points to Michigan last season, will be the team's defensive coordinator. The Buckeyes are +700 to win the National Championship, the third-best odds in the country.

The most interesting aspect of this team will be its offense. Kyle McCord, who started one game with C.J. Stroud out in 2021, is the team's starting quarterback. The team will return its top four receiving weapons, but none are more potent than Marvin Harrison Jr., who ended last season with 1,263 receiving yards. Right now, FanDuel has the Marvin Harrison Jr. Heisman odds at +3500 to win.

Notre Dame Coaches and Top Team Players

The Fighting Irish are led by coach Marcus Freeman in his second season with the program. He lost his first two games last season but ended the season on a strong note. Notre Dame finished 9-4 and 18th in the AP poll. Notre Dame is +1500 to win the championship.

The Fighting Irish defense has nine starters that have been with the program and then added two graduate transfers, defensive end Jean-Baptiste and nickel corner Thomas Harper, in the offseason. The offense has new leader, quarterback Sam Hartman, who was a standout at Wake Forest. He is +1000 to win the Heisman. Hartman has thrown for 38+ touchdowns the last two seasons.

Where to Bet on Notre Dame vs. OSU

A spread currently exists for one of the premier college football games at several legal Ohio betting apps.

The odds do vary, so depending on which side you bet, ensure you get the best value. For reference, Notre Dame is currently +3.5 at FanDuel, yet +3 at BetMGM Ohio. Sign up to a few sites to get the best overall experience. 

Popular Bets for Notre Dame vs Ohio State Game

  • Moneyline

    The moneyline odds favor the Buckeyes, with a -162 line to win vs. a +134 line for the Fighting Irish to win.

  • Props

    There have not yet been any prop bets released for this game, but there should both passing yards props for Kyle McCord and Same Hartman along with potentially a receiving prop for Marvin Harrison Jr. as we inch closer to kickoff.

  • Totals

    The over/under totals are set at 54.5. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Ohio State Buckeyes both have dynamic offenses, but also have strengthened defenses from a season ago.

  • Futures

    There are a plethora of future bets one can make on either the Notre Dame Fighting Irish or Ohio State Buckeyes. At FanDuel, the Buckeyes are +1000 to win the championship while Notre Dame is +1500. Sam Hartman is +1000 to win Heisman with Kyle McCord at +5000 and Marvin Harrison Jr. at +3500.

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2023-24 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Predictions

This is going to be a tougher game for the Buckeyes than many expect. It will be the first real challenge for McCord. Prior to this game, Ohio State had Indiana, Youngstown State and Western Kentucky, and did not beat the first two teams by as many points as some expected they would.

Notre Dame's poise, experience, pressure and patience will cause trouble for the Buckeyes, who have a new offensive coordinator and starting quarterback. Hartman is among the best quarterbacks in the nation, and the team brought back their leading rusher, Audric Estime, from last season as well.

I expect the Buckeyes to come out on top, but on the road, Notre Dame should be able to keep things close and potentially lose by one to seven points.

A History of the Notre Dame vs. Ohio State Rivalry

The Ohio State Buckeyes hold a 5-2 series record over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The largest margin of victory between the two programs is 19 and came in a 45-26 win for the Buckeyes in 1995. Both of Notre Dame's victories came in the 1930s.

The Buckeyes have won the last five matches, two of which were in the 1990s, by double figures. The Buckeyes have won double-digit games in every season since 2011, except for the COVID-19-shortened season.

Top Games Between Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

Sept. 3, 2022

This was a top-five matchup, with Notre Dame No. 5 and Ohio State No. 2. The Fighting Irish took a 10-7 lead into the half yet were outscored 14-0 in the second half and lost 21-10. Notre Dame's defense was electric, but QB Tyler Buchner finished with just 177 yards and no touchdowns.

Jan. 1, 2016

The Buckeyes beat the Fighting Irish 44-28. Ohio State, behind the likes of NFL players Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Thomas, throttled Notre Dame. Elliott ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns. J.T. Barrett chipped in 96 yards on the ground and 211 through the air. Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer finished with 3 total touchdowns and 284 passing yards.

Jan. 2, 2006

The Buckeyes beat the Fighting Irish 34-20 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State had Troy Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2006, captaining the ship. He ended with 342 passing yards and two touchdowns. Running back Antonio Pittman chipped in 136 yards on the group. Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn threw for 286 yards.

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Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Accomplishments (prior to 2023 season)

AchievementOhio StateNotre DameTotal
National Titles8 (1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014)11 (1924, 1929, 1930, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988)19
CFP Appearances5 (2014, 2016, 2019-20, 2022)2 (2018, 2021)7
Bowl Appearances55 (27-28)41 (20-21)96
Rose Bowl Appearances16 (9-7)2 (1-1)18
Rose Bowl Wins9110
Big Ten Divisional Titles6 (2013-14, 2017-20)N/AN/A
Big Ten Titles40 (24 outright)N/AN/A
Heisman Trophies7 (Les Horvath 1944, Vic Janowicz 1950, Howard Cassady 1955, Archie Griffin 1974-75, Eddie George 1995, Troy Smith 2006)7 (Angelo Bertelli 1943, Johnny Lujack 1947, Leon Hart 1949, Johnny Lattner 1953, Paul Hornug 1956, John Huarte 1964, Tim Brown 1987)14
All-Time Win Percentage953-331-53 (.733)929-334-42 (.728)1,882-665-95 (.730)

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Nathan, a lifelong Cincinnatian, has covered the Bengals and Buckeyes at various outlets for the last half decade. He is most proud to have attended both wins of the Bengals' 2-14 season in 2019. Nathan is our go-to expert for all things Bengals and Buckeyes.

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