Pinstripe Bowl Point Spread Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Updated: December 24, 2013
12:15 PM EST Saturday December 28, 2013, ESPN / WatchESPN
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
In their last games of the season Notre Dame lost 27-20 TO Stanford on the road as a 16.5 point underdog. Rutgers beat South Florida 31-6 at home a a 4 point favorite.
Notre Dame lost 2 of their last 3 games of the season. Three of their 4 losses this year came against ranked teams.
Rutgers snapped their 3-game losing streak with a win in their season finale, which made them bowl eligible.
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Fighting Irish QB Tommy Rees passed for 2,938 yards with 27 TD and 13 INT and his 2 main targets in WR TJ Jones (65 rec 1,042 yards 9 TD) and WR DaVaris Daniels (46 rec 720 yards 7 TD) each averaged over 15 yards per catch this season.
Point Spread: Notre Dame -14.5
Over/Under Total Line: 52.5
Moneyline: Rutgers +450/Notre Dame -600
Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 6-6 SU 4-8 ATS
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 8-4 SU 5-6-1 ATS
Key Betting Trends
- RUT is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- RUT is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- RUT has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- ND is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- ND is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
- ND has an Under record of 34-16-1 in their last 51 games overall.
Sagarin Power Rankings
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 61.61
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 79.98
Key Player Injuries
[OL] 12/22/2013 – Brandon Arcidiacono Ques Saturday (Shoulder)
[WR] 12/22/2013 – Vance Mathews Ques Saturday (Back)
[WR] 12/22/2013 – John Tsimis Ques Saturday (Lower Body)
[WR] 12/22/2013 – Leonte Carroo Ques Saturday (Concussion)
[DB] 12/22/2013 – Delon Stephenson Ques Saturday (Ankle)
[DL] 12/22/2013 – Sebastian Joseph Ques Saturday (Ankle)
[DL] 12/22/2013 – Al Page Ques Saturday (Shoulder)
[DL] 12/22/2013 – Kenneth Kirksey Ques Saturday (Tricep)
[FB] 11/30/2013 – Sam Bergen out for season (Ankle)
[TE] 11/30/2013 – Taylor Marini out for season (Shoulder)
[CB] 11/30/2013 – Bryant Gross-Armiento out for season (Hamstring)
[WR] 11/30/2013 – Jeffrey Gignac out for season (Hamstring)
[DB] 11/12/2013 – Lewis Toler out for season (Arm)
[DE] 09/13/2013 – Myles Jackson out for season (Shoulder)
[DL] 09/13/2013 – Jamil Pollard out for season (Undisclosed)
[DL] 09/06/2013 – Julian Pinnix-Odrick out for season (Knee)
[QB] 12/22/2013 – Malik Zaire Ques Saturday (Illness)
[S] 12/22/2013 – Eiler Hardy Ques Saturday (Suspension)
[OL] 12/11/2013 – Chris Watt Out Saturday(Knee)
[C] 11/26/2013 – Nick Martin out for season (Knee)
[DL] 11/21/2013 – Louis Nix III out for season (Knee)
[RB] 10/04/2013 – Greg Bryant out indefinitely (Knee)
[DL] 08/23/2013 – Tony Springmann out for season (Knee)
[DB] 08/17/2013 – Nicky Baratti out for season (Shoulder)
[DB] 08/17/2013 – Doug Baratti out for season (Shoulder)
Point Spread Pick
his season was such a let down for the Fighting Irish that you’d think the kids sure wouldn’t be happy about playing in a lower bowl game like the Pinstripe Bowl.
That makes this game a difficult call. Notre Dame on their best day could extend the margin on Rutgers who lost by more points than the current posted line in 4 of their 6 losses.
That being said, we feel that the Scarlet Knights will be fully motivated while the Irish may not be. Rutgers has been a risky play against the spread this season, but the situation and number has us on the Scarlet Knights who may also benefit from the crowd.
Take the Rutgers Scarlet Knights +14.5 at Bovada and get up to a 50% Bonus.