Free Pinstripe Bowl Prediction: Hurricanes vs Badgers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
(7-5) Miami Hurricanes | Wisconsin Badgers (7-5)
Date: Thursday, December 27 2018
Time: 5:15 pm EST
Venue: Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York
NCAA Football Spread: Miami -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47
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This season’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl features an interesting match-up between two teams: one that is continually striving – and never quite achieving – the lofty heights they reached decades ago (Miami) and another where, to borrow a parlance from a hockey GM, the ’18-wheeler went careening off a cliff’ (Wisconsin). We’ll see which team can summon the fortitude to come out victorious in this bowl game after Christmas.
People pipped the Wisconsin Badgers to do big things in 2018, they decidedly did not deliver. The perennial Big Ten power will have their hands full with a pesky ACC team in the Hurricanes. There should be some good Badgers representation in the stands, because the Big Ten has always had a profound recruiting footprint in the NYC area.
The ‘Canes finished third in the ACC Coastal division, and they at least got the satisfaction of dropping hated rival Florida State 28-27 earlier in the regular season. They are also coming off a 77-0 pasting of mid-major minnow Savannah State. All of this is to say, ‘The U’ have had a couple of nice performances.
It hasn’t been all sunshine in Coral Gables, however. Miami went through a miserable four-game losing streak earlier in the year; Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia and Boston College all had their way with the once-proud football program. That clearly derailed any grand amibitions Miami had for the 2018 campaign. In the last game of the season, Miami also lost to the ranked LSU Tigers, although that perhaps was to be expected.
Against Wisconsin, Miami has a winnable game, but it needs to show its later-season form rather than it’s midseason, losing streak play.
When the lugnuts started getting loose with this team in 2018, the wheels well and truly came off the bus. The Badgers had what looked on paper to be a Big Ten Conference-contending ballclub. In reality, they lost five games. Is it too early for a postmortem?
Basically, Wisconsin started out with a 37-15 upset loss to rival Minnesota, and the Badgers just never really played up to snuff ever since. Sure, there were bits of individual brilliance – RB Jonathan Taylor took home the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best at his position – but the sum total of the Badgers this season was pretty disappointing. Among the embarrassments was a loss to lowly Rutgers, a decisive defeat by Michigan and a narrow 24-21 loss to BYU. A team of Wisconsin’s pedigree should be beating most, if not all, of those football teams.
Yet, the one thing Wisconsin almost always is, is well coached. Ever since the Barry Alvarez days, you could expect a spirited effort from the Red and White from Madison. I expect Coach Paul Chryst to rally the troops in this bowl game, so the Badgers can at least finish with some dignity. Bucky Badger might have something to jump and whoop about in the Bronx on Dec. 27.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- MIA are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
- MIA are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
- MIA are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on grass.
- WIS are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
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This could be a close one cause it seems like these two teams are evenly matched. I like Wisconsin to have a narrow edge, if for no other reason that the Badgers are much more used to playing in the cold (which it’s bound to be in the tri-state area at the end of the calendar year) than the visitors from south Florida. The ‘Canes will be bundled up to the hilt, while it’ll seem like a relatively mild day for the players from America’s Dairyland.
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I expect Wisconsin’s big, burly offensive lineman to set the tone for Taylor’s rushing attack, which should have the Badgers controlling the clock and hence, keeping their defense fresh. I like the Badgers to grab a close victory in the Pinstripe Bowl.
It will be cold comfort for Wisconsin in a season that was supposed to turn out far better, but as the saying goes, it’s better than a kick in the butt with a frozen boot.
*Bowl Game Name* Free Score Prediction: Wisconsin 31 – Miami 24
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