On New Year’s Day, No. 9 Oklahoma State will take on No. 5 Notre Dame in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. It will be the first meeting between the two programs but neither is a stranger to the bowl game in the desert.
Oklahoma State won the 1974 Fiesta Bowl over BYU and the 2012 rendition over Stanford. Notre Dame is 1-4 in the same bowl, beating West Virginia in 1989 and then dropping four straight in 1995, 2001, 2006 and 2016.
But when things kick off on noon central time Saturday, the past won’t matter. On Friday, the Pistols Firing staff convened to discuss our predictions for the NY6 bowl.
Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 24, Notre Dame 21
Thoughts: I honestly have no clue how this one plays out because I don’t know how to judge Notre Dame. But in the end, I’ll give OSU the edge because the Irish are without leading rusher Kyren Williams and All-American safety Kyle Hamilton. Plus, Gundy always seems to have a few tricks up his sleeves in bowl games.
Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 35, Notre Dame 28
Thoughts: The return of Jaylen Warren should prove huge not only to Spencer Sanders and the offense, but the ability to chew up clock and control the ground game will give OSU’s defense some much-needed support. Then you just pin your ears back and make Jack Coan try to beat you. The departure of Jim Knowles is concerning to me more long-term than it is on Saturday. His system, staff and, most importantly, veteran talent is still in tact.
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