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Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Pick – CFB Pinstripe Bowl

The early game on Saturday afternoon (12:00 pm ET) is the Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium in New York, NY with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (6-6) taking on the 25th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4). Rutgers won 31-6 over South Florida in their regular season finale to become bowl eligible and snap a 3 game losing streak. Notre Dame lost their final regular season at Stanford by a score of 27-20, and limped to a 1-2 finish after reeling off 4 straight wins in the middle of the season including impressive wins over Pac-12 foes Arizona St. (37-34 in week 6) and USC (14-10 in week 8).

Rutgers ranks 85th among FBS teams in total offense with 375.9 yards per game and 72nd in scoring offense with 27.4 points per game. Quarterback Chas Dodd has replaced Gary Nova, who threw for 2,159 yards with 18 TDs and 14 INTs this season. Dodd, who went 19 of 24 for 179 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs against South Florida, is likely to make his 3rd straight start at quarterback. Dodd Paul James leads the team in rushing with 833 yards and 9 TDs. The Knights spread the ball around to multiple receivers with Tyler Kroft (40 receptions, 530 yards) and Quron Pratt (31 receptions, 403 yards) leading the way. Rutgers ranks 68th nationally in total defense with 406 YPG allowed and 82nd in scoring defense with 29.8 PPG allowed.

Notre Dame ranks 74th among FBS teams in total offense with 398.8 yards per game and 75th in scoring offense with 27.1 points per game. Quarterback Tommy Rees has thrown for 2,938 yards with 27 TDs and 13 INTs for the Irish, and his main targets have been T.J. Jones (65 receptions, 1,042 yards, 9 TDs) and DaVaris Daniels (46 receptions, 720 yards, 7 TDs). Running back Cam McDaniel has run for 625 yards and 3 TDs to lead a weak run game that ranks 81st nationally with 149.3 YPG. The Irish rank 45th nationally in total defense with 377 YPG allowed and 32nd nationally in scoring defense with 22.9 PPG allowed.

Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:

Rutgers Scarlet Knights +14

@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish -14

Game Total:

Over 52.5 (-110)

Under 52.5 (-110)

Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv

Rutgers vs Notre Dame Pick

 

Notre Dame has won all 4 games against Rutgers in a series dating back to 1921, the most recent matchup being a 42-0 home victory in November of 2002. The Irish have lost 10 straight bowl games when facing an opponent coming off a win.

Rutgers allowed an average of 38 points per game in the 7 games preceding their season-ending win over a dreadful South Florida team. The Scarlet Knights have given up 3,596 yards through the air (311.4 YPG), the most in school history. Rees, Jones and Daniels should have a field day with this defense, which ranks 120th (out of 122) against the pass. In contrast, Rutgers will be hard-pressed to get anything going against an Irish secondary that ranks 18th against the pass with 201.7 YPG allowed. The weather conditions are not likely to be good for late December game in New York, which along with ND’s poor bowl history is preventing me from recommending play on the Irish here. The Irish should defeat a woeful Rutgers team, but the spread is too high to recommend. The better play here is the UNDER, it is difficult to see the Scarlet Knights putting up many points on a strong Irish defense, and this should be a relatively low-scoring game. Take the UNDER here.

 

PICK= Under 52

The early game on Saturday afternoon (12:00 pm ET) is the Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium in New York, NY with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (6-6) taking on the 25th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4). Rutgers won 31-6 over South Florida in their regular season finale to become bowl eligible and snap a 3 game losing streak. Notre Dame lost their final regular season at Stanford by a score of 27-20, and limped to a 1-2 finish after reeling off 4 straight wins in the middle of the season including impressive wins over Pac-12 foes Arizona St. (37-34 in week 6) and USC (14-10 in week 8).

Rutgers ranks 85th among FBS teams in total offense with 375.9 yards per game and 72nd in scoring offense with 27.4 points per game. Quarterback Chas Dodd has replaced Gary Nova, who threw for 2,159 yards with 18 TDs and 14 INTs this season. Dodd, who went 19 of 24 for 179 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs against South Florida, is likely to make his 3rd straight start at quarterback. Dodd Paul James leads the team in rushing with 833 yards and 9 TDs. The Knights spread the ball around to multiple receivers with Tyler Kroft (40 receptions, 530 yards) and Quron Pratt (31 receptions, 403 yards) leading the way. Rutgers ranks 68th nationally in total defense with 406 YPG allowed and 82nd in scoring defense with 29.8 PPG allowed.

Notre Dame ranks 74th among FBS teams in total offense with 398.8 yards per game and 75th in scoring offense with 27.1 points per game. Quarterback Tommy Rees has thrown for 2,938 yards with 27 TDs and 13 INTs for the Irish, and his main targets have been T.J. Jones (65 receptions, 1,042 yards, 9 TDs) and DaVaris Daniels (46 receptions, 720 yards, 7 TDs). Running back Cam McDaniel has run for 625 yards and 3 TDs to lead a weak run game that ranks 81st nationally with 149.3 YPG. The Irish rank 45th nationally in total defense with 377 YPG allowed and 32nd nationally in scoring defense with 22.9 PPG allowed.

Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:

Rutgers Scarlet Knights +14

@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish -14

Game Total:

Over 52.5 (-110)

Under 52.5 (-110)

Betting odds taken fromBovada.lv

Rutgers vs Notre Dame Pick

 

Notre Dame has won all 4 games against Rutgers in a series dating back to 1921, the most recent matchup being a 42-0 home victory in November of 2002. The Irish have lost 10 straight bowl games when facing an opponent coming off a win.

Rutgers allowed an average of 38 points per game in the 7 games preceding their season-ending win over a dreadful South Florida team. The Scarlet Knights have given up 3,596 yards through the air (311.4 YPG), the most in school history. Rees, Jones and Daniels should have a field day with this defense, which ranks 120th (out of 122) against the pass. In contrast, Rutgers will be hard-pressed to get anything going against an Irish secondary that ranks 18th against the pass with 201.7 YPG allowed. The weather conditions are not likely to be good for late December game in New York, which along with ND’s poor bowl history is preventing me from recommending play on the Irish here. The Irish should defeat a woeful Rutgers team, but the spread is too high to recommend. The better play here is the UNDER, it is difficult to see the Scarlet Knights putting up many points on a strong Irish defense, and this should be a relatively low-scoring game. Take the UNDER here.

PICK= Rutgers +14