The Pinstripe Bowl is one of the newer bowls on the bowl circuit, as college players get the chance to play at Yankee Stadium. It’s a nice experience getting a trip to New York and playing in Yankee Stadium. The senior laden Indiana Hoosiers will have a good send-off in New York at a scenic location. It would be even better if they could end it with a win over Duke. Indiana won their final two games against Maryland and Purdue to make it here, the Purdue win being their rivalry game. The Indiana offense was blazing hot in those two matchups, scoring 47 and 54 points. The Hoosiers offense is capable of doing that. They’ve had a capable offense for a couple years now with quarterback Zach Sudfeld. Sudfeld will say farewell to Indiana this afternoon, concluding what became a fairly successful career at Indiana. Other than beating Purdue, the Hoosiers really didn’t win anything, or were threats to compete for a championship. If they knocked off Ohio State this season, which they were close to doing, that would have been the highlight. Mind you, Sudfeld wasn’t healthy for that one. The end result may have been different if he were.
Indiana came up short in the 34-27 loss, but it wasn’t without effort. It wasn’t without effort was a theme for the Hoosiers this season. Note that they took Michigan to the wire into overtime to lose 48-41. With that said, Indiana made two of the best teams in the conference sweat it out. That accounts for something. And making it to a somewhat respectable bowl game is a nice reward. Duke has been flat lining in the later parts of the season. Indiana enters with some confidence, Duke is wondering how they went from appearing in the ACC Championship game to struggling here. They did win their last game against Wake Forest, but note that they lost four consecutive games prior to that. Wake Forest is not the stingiest of tests.
The most embarrassing loss came against rival UNC, where they got the doors blown off them for a final score of 66-31. That is the kind of Duke team we witnessed for so many years before they started to win some games. However, if you were to tell Duke fans they would be playing in a bowl game ten years ago, any bowl game, they would say you’re crazy. It will be interesting to see what Duke offers next season. We’ll see how they compete against Indiana today.
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Duke Blue Devils Pinstripe Bowl Betting Odds:
vs. Duke +3(-110)
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Indiana vs. Duke Pick:
Nate Sudfeld will line up in the shotgun and throw the ball around frequently. That is one guarantee I have in this game. I don’t expect anything less in his going away bowl game. Indiana has scored 36.2 points per game this season. The passing game and run game has been pretty successful equally. Usually one part of the offense excels, but Indiana has been getting it through the air around ground. Indiana is averaging 204.8 yards per game running the football. Conversely, they are passing for 286 yards a game. Sudfeld, despite missing some time, has passed for 24 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. In his last three games he went for 9 touchdowns with no interceptions. His last two weeks he passed for 4 touchdowns in each game.
I would like to back Indiana in this game, but when you take a look at their defense it’s a tough thing to do. The Hoosiers are scoring a lot of points with 36.2 per game, but are giving up more points than that. Note that Indiana is allowing 37.1 points a game. I hate betting teams that have no defense like that. Soon as you think you have a comfortable cover, the other team puts a couple of touchdowns on the board in two minutes and your bet doesn’t look so good. The Blue Devils have scored 30.5 points per game this season. They should be able to score in this game. Thomas Sirk is a traditional dual threat quarterback, throwing for 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He also has rushed for 654 yards and 6 touchdowns. The only play I see in this game is the OVER 71.5. It should be back and forth action Saturday afternoon.
PICK: OVER 71.5 POINTS (-110)