New Era Pinstripe Bowl Prediction
The Miami Hurricanes and Wisconsin Badgers finished with identical 7-5 records this season and will meet in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Thursday at 5:15 p.m. ET. The Badgers are a small underdog but will they pull off the outright upset in the cold at Yankee Stadium?
237 Miami Hurricanes at 238 Wisconsin Badgers
5:15 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 27, 2018
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Hurricanes are 2.5-point favorites to beat the Badgers. The total, meanwhile, sits at 45 points. As of this writing, 62% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Badgers.
Miami redshirt senior QB Malik Rosier will start the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday. Hurricanes HC Mark Richt dubbed Rosier starter on Wednesday. In addition, he told reporters that N'Kosi Perry -- who got into hot water over an ill-advised Snapchat post recently -- is not suspended for the contest and will be available to play against the Badgers should he be needed. For his part, Rosier now has a chance to go out a winner after he and Perry swapped starting roles several times during the campaign. The redshirt senior signal-caller finished the 2018 regular season throwing for 1,007 yards (53.5-percent completions) with a 6/5 TD/INT ratio in seven games.
Wisconsin sophomore QB Jack Coan will start the team's Pinstripe Bowl matchup with Miami on Dec. 27. Coan will be starting in place of Alex Hornibrook, who is dealing with recurring symptoms from a concussion sustained midway through the 2018 campaign. The sophomore signal-caller started three of Wisconsin's final four games. On the whole, the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder has thrown for 488 yards with a 4/2 TD/INT ratio this season. No great shakes on the statistical front, but he'll try his best to help Wisconsin finish out a dreadfully disappointing year on a high note come the Pinstripe Bowl.
The under is 5-0-1 in the Hurricanes’ last six games overall, is 4-1 in their last five bowl games and 11-4 in their last 15 games coming off a win.
The under is 4-1 in the Badgers’ last five games overall and 4-1 in their last five neutral site games.
Outside of Clemson, Miami owns one of the best defensive front fours in college football but I don’t trust the Hurricanes’ offense, nor do I trust a warm-weather team getting up for a cold-weather game. This Miami team can hang with most opponents in the nation but it has to be motivated and I question how motivated the ‘Canes are against a Badgers team that’s used to playing in this sort of weather. Miami is 1-5 against the spread in its last six Big Ten games and is 1-6 ATS in its last seven bowl contests.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers +2.5