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2010 Pinstripe Bowl: Wildcats vs. Orange Predictions

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Preview- Kansas State Wildcats vs Syracuse Orange

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K-State vs. Syracuse Gambling Matchup

Date/TimeThursday, Dec. 30   3:20 p.m. (ET)
Venue
: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Broadcast: ESPN
Wildcats at Orange Lines by SI
Pointspread:
Orange -1
Over/Under: 48
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The Kansas State Wildcats, out of the Big 12 pay a visit the Big Apple to take on the Syracuse Orange from the Big East in the inaugural New Era Pinstripes Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 30. Kickoff from Yankees Stadium is set for 3:20 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Kansas State returns to a bowl for the first time since 2006 after posting an overall record of 7-5 straight-up (6-6 against the spread) and a 3-5 SU record in Big 12 play. The Wildcats started the season with four straight wins including an early season 27-20 conference victory over Iowa State as a 3 ½-point home favorite, but the losses began to pile up from that point on. They did manage to knock off Texas 39-14 as a 3 ½-point home underdog, but for the most part they only beat the teams they were supposed to.

Kansas State’s offense was powered by a running game that averaged 206 yards per game on the ground verse just 172.8 yards per game through the air. RB Daniel Thomas led the team with 1,495 yards on 276 carries, but his real strength was the ability to get into the end zone, scoring a team-high 16 touchdowns. NFL Betting

Syracuse returns to a bowl game for the first time since 2004 as the program fell on some hard times over the past few years. Second-year head coach Doug Marrone has quickly turned things around, leading the Orange to a 7-5 SU record overall (7-5 ATS as well) and a 4-3 SU record in the conference.

They recorded a 13-9 victory over South Florida as an eight-point road underdog and a 19-14 win over No. 22 West Virginia as a 13 ½-point road underdog, proving they could win some tough games away from home.

Syracuse’s defense did a great job at keeping opponents out of the end zone; giving up an average of just 18.1 points per game which was 18th best in the nation. Its offence struggled at times especially down the stretch; averaging just 15.8 points per game over the last eight games. The Orange only scored more than 20 point once during that stretch and managed a combined 13 points in their last two games.

The offensive lineup is thin on star power, but RB Delone Carter did run for 1,035 yards on 204 carries and led the team with seven TD’s, while WR Van Chew led the team with 41 receptions for 611 yards and five TD’s.

Bowl Game Trends:

Kansas State is 4-3 ATS in its last seven games and the total has gone ‘over’ in seven of its last eight games overall.
Syracuse is 1-3 ATS in its last four games and the total has stayed ‘under’ in five of its last six games overall.

Head-to-head, these two teams last played one another in 2001 in the Insight Bowl with the Orange coming out on top 26-3. Prior to that, they met in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl with the Wildcats coming away with a 35-18 win.

Syracuse has made some tremendous strides over the past two seasons, but the level of competition in the Big East just does not matchup with that in the Big 12. Kansas State, behind the running of Smith will prove this to be painfully obvious in relatively easy win.

The Pick: Kansas State +1 and UNDER.

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  1. Ill like you taking kansas state way better talent then syracuse

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