New Era Pinstripe Bowl Odds

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BRONX, NY (The Spread) – Notre Dame looks to pick up a bowl win when it takes on Rutgers today at Noon ET in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on ESPN.

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Notre Dame is 8-4 overall, 5-6-1 against the spread and hit the under in 7 of 12 games. Rutgers is 6-6 overall, 4-8 against the spread and the Knights hit the under 7 times. These two last met in 2002 with Notre Dame winning 42-0.

Trends show that Rutgers are 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 non-conference games while Notre Dame is 5-2 against the spread in its last 7 games at a neutral site.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Notre Dame is the clear favorite to win this game, as the Fighting Irish have odds of -14 points against Rutgers on Saturday. The over/under total for the game has been set at 53.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Notre Dame favored by 17 points. The spread slowly worked its way down to 14. The over/under total opened at 52 points and worked its way up to 53.5.

Notre Dame is coming off a 27-20 loss at Stanford to end the season. The Fighting Irish lost two of their final three games. Notre Dame is averaging 27.1 points and 398.5 yards per game on offense this year, while the defense is giving up 22.9 points per contest. Tommy Rees has thrown for 2,938 yards and 27 touchdowns this season to lead the offense while T.J. Jones has added 65 receptions for 1,042 yards and nine touchdowns.

Rutgers is coming off a 31-6 win over South Florida to get bowl eligible and go 3-5 in the AAC. The Knights lost five of their final seven games. Rutgers averaged just 27.4 points and 376 yards per game on offense this year, while the defense allowed 29.8 points per contest. Rutgers was led this season by Gary Nova, who threw for 2,159 yards and 18 touchdowns while Paul James rushed for 833 yards and nine touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy (suspension) and quarterback Malik Zaire (illness) are both questionable for the game. Rutgers receivers Vance Matthews (back) and Leonte Carroo (upper body) are both questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish are getting 60% of the wagers with odds of -14 points against Rutgers on Saturday.

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