Kyle McCord, Top Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

One of the best rushers in college football will be on display when Audric Estime and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) host the Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Last time out, the Buckeyes bested the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 63-10. In their most recent outing, the Fighting Irish took on the Central Michigan Chippewas and won by a final score of 41-17.

Kyle McCord finished with 318 yards on 19-23 passing (82.6%) in the Buckeyes’ last game, tossing three touchdowns. TreVeyon Henderson rushed for two touchdowns while compiling 88 yards on 13 attempts. He also hauled in one reception for 27 yards Marvin Harrison Jr. posted 126 yards on five receptions with one score.

For the Fighting Irish in their last game, Sam Hartman finished with 16 completions on 26 attempts (61.5%) for 330 yards, tossing three touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Estime carried the ball 20 times for 176 yards and one touchdown. Chris Tyree caught two passes for 88 yards with one touchdown.

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Ohio State Players to Watch

  • McCord leads the team with 815 passing yards (271.7 yards per game) and has a 69.7% completion percentage this year (53-of-76) while throwing six touchdowns with one interception.
  • Henderson has run for a team-high 191 yards on 30 carries (63.7 yards per game) and four touchdowns.
  • So far this year DeaMonte Trayanum has run for 133 yards on 19 carries (44.3 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
  • This season Harrison Jr. has 14 catches and leads the team with 304 yards (101.3 per game) while hauling in three touchdowns.
  • Cade Stover has chipped in with 188 yards (on 10 catches).
  • This season Emeka Egbuka is averaging 55.7 yards per game, with 12 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

Notre Dame Players to Watch

  • Hartman leads his team with 1,061 passing yards (265.3 per game) and has a 71.1% completion percentage (64-of-90), throwing 13 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.
  • Estime has taken 63 carries for a team-leading 521 rushing yards (130.3 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns.
  • So far this year Jeremiyah Love has rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries (29.8 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
  • Tyree has hauled in eight receptions for 216 yards, best on his team, and two touchdowns. He averages 54 receiving yards per game.
  • Jayden Thomas has hauled in 12 catches for 188 yards (47 yards per game) and one touchdown.
  • Tobias Merriweather is averaging 43.7 yards per game, racking up five receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown.

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Ohio State -3 -112 -108 55.5 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Ohio State Notre Dame
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 40.3 (28) 46 (1)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 6.7 (2) 11.8 (28)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 3 (33) 2 (12)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 5 (44) 5 (44)

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