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2016 Pinstripe Bowl
(8-4) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Northwestern Wildcats (6-6)
Date: Wednesday December 28
Time: 2:00 pm EST
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
NCAA Football Spread: Pittsburgh -5.5
NCAA Betting Total: 66
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Pitt had a solid season in 2016. They beat Big 10 Champion Penn State and two of their losses in the ACC were by a combined 4 points.
If a couple of bounces had gone their way maybe they would have had a rematch against Clemson in the conference title game.
They were the only team to beat the Tigers this season so they can play with anybody.
Northwestern won in the final week to get eligible for a bowl. They have a tough start losing their first couple of games but rebounded pretty well.
They don’t have any great conference wins but they were close against Ohio State and nearly ended Western Michigan’s run before it started, losing to the Broncos by just a point.
They always compete hard.
Pitt won at Clemson, but nearly equally shocking was they they hung 76 points on Syracuse – this is a running team isn’t it? It still is as in that game they rushed for nearly 400 yards.
They also made the most of their passing opportunities with 4 TD tosses by Nathan Peterman on just 9 completions. In the second half the offense has really ramped up for Pitt.
You probably didn’t know they were 10th in the nation in scoring (I know I didn’t). Northwestern is saltier than most of their recent opponents though.
Pitt scored 76 against Syracuse but they also gave up 61.
The defense has been getting hammered throughout the season and they are giving up 35ppg.
Mostly they have been getting torched through the air which bodes well because that is not the strong suit of Northwestern.
They have to be comfortable they can be physical with the Wildcats and win those battles up front you need to to win.
This was not a great season for the Wildcats who might have played best in their losses this year.
All season long the offense struggled even though Justin Jackson is one of the better running backs in the B10 (1300 yards rushing).
Austin Carr is an underrated receiver that will have to make some big plays against Pitt.
He had big games against Ohio State and Wisconsin, two elite defenses so you can kind of bank on him getting his. Northwestern is going to have to be mistake free on offense to stay in this one.
The Wildcats gave up just 22ppg which was in the top 25.
They held OSU and Western Michigan to 24 and 22 points respectively, both of those teams are in the top 10 in scoring. Key to their success is Anthony Walker who might be the best LB in America.
Godwin Igwebuike leads the team in tackles from his safety spot making this team really strong up the middle.
The way the Panthers have been gouging teams they are going to need them to be.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-0 in Panthers last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Over is 6-0 in Panthers last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC.
- Under is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Free Pinstripe Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
The way the Panthers have been putting up points over the last month has been staggering. I am honestly not sure what to make of it because Clemson was in there too, not just Duke and Syracuse.
Will the extra time off help or hinder a team that is running pretty hot right now.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -5.5
It is hard not love coach Pat Fitzgerald with Northwestern. He is going to have his guys ready but I am not sure they are going to be able to hold back the offense enough to really stay in the game.
They might hit a few big plays to Carr in the passing game but it won’t be enough.
Pinstripe Bowl Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 38 – Northwestern 25
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