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Pinstripe Bowl Point Spread Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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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>Rutgers has a Jekyll and Hyde defense, as they rank 4th in the nation in defending the run and only 120th defending the pass.

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.

Betting Odds

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

RUTGERS

[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)

NOTRE DAME

[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.
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