Duke and Indiana may be known more for being two of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious basketball factories in American collegiate hoops history, but the two schools will stage a different kind of meeting when they square off in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday, December 26 at 3:30 PM ET live from Yankee Stadium in the Big Apple. Indiana is playing in a NCAA Football Odds bowl game for the first time since 2007 and just its second since 1993 while Duke looks to record its first postseason win since winning the Cotton Bowl way back in 1961. The Blue Devils are making their fourth consecutive bowl game appearance. Now, let’s find out which team is going to strike pay dirt!
Duke vs. Indiana Pinstripe Bowl Game Odds & Preview
When: Saturday, December 26, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
TV Stream Option: ABCSports
NCAAF Odds: Indiana -2
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Bet The Duke Blue Devils at +2 Because…
They’ve got the big edge in bowl game experience! Duke (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS) squeaked past lowly Wake Forest 27-21 in their regular season finale to snap a four-game losing streak and finish in fourth place in the ACC Coastal Division. The Blue Devils’ offense averaging 30 points per game with 253.4 passing yards per game and 177.9 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Thomas Sirk has completed 60.0 percent of his passes this season for 2,462 yards with15 touchdowns and six interceptions while adding an impressive 648 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Running back Shaquille Powell led the team in rushing with 534 yards and three touchdowns while Max McCaffrey led the team in receiving with 601 yards and five touchdowns. In addition to McCaffery’s solid campaign, the Blue Devils had four other players to record at least 30 catches while four runners gained at least 300 yards. Defensively, the Blue Devils allow 24.1 points per game. Senior safety Jeremy Cash led the team in tackles (101) including a whopping 18 for a loss to earn the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.
Bet The Indiana Hoosiers at -2 Because…
The can score the ball with anyone! Indiana (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) needed to win its final two games of the season over Maryland and Purdue and they did – in absolutely stunning fashion. The Hoosiers scored an incredible 101 points over their last two games including their 54-36 win over the Boilermakers in their regular season finale. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld leads the Indiana offense by completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 3,184 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Running back Jordan Howard has racked up an impressive 1,213 rushing yards with nine touchdowns while backup Devine Redding has added 785 yards and eight scores. Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. leads the Hoosiers with 914 receiving yards and four touchdowns while fellow wideout Ricky Jones has added 817 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Indiana averages 36.2 points per game but allows a whopping 37.1 points per game defensively.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I’m going to get right t the point by saying that I like the Indiana Hoosiers to cover the spread – and 56 percent of the betting public agrees! Not only did Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld lead the Big ten in passing this season, but more importantly, he’s on fire, having thrown for 735 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Hoosiers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight up win, 6-1 ATS in their L/7 games following an ATS win and a consistent 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. While Duke has compiled a robust 15-5-1 ATS mark in their last 21 non-conference games, the Blue Devils are also just 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four games on grass.
I like Indiana in a shootout.
My Pick: Indiana 42 Duke 38