Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pinstripe Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/28/13
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-6) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Yankee Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -14 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights finished 6-6 overall and 3-5 in AAC competition this season. The Scarlet Knights managed to salvage bowl eligibility in their final regular-season game, snapping a three-game slide with a 31-6 triumph over South Florida to even their record at 6-6. The Scarlet Knights also saw a mass exodus on the coaching staff but in a less positive way, as head coach Kyle Flood let go of his defensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach after the disappointing regular season. The defense allowed a school-record 3,737 passing yards and surrendered an average of 29.8 points, prompting the dismissal of coordinator Dave Cohen. The offense fully committed to QB Chas Dodd the last two games and was rewarded with an efficient 19-for-24 effort for 179 yards and a pair of scores in the season-ending win. Rutgers allowed an average of 40.3 points in a three-game losing streak before the defense stepped up against South Florida and secured the school’s eighth bowl bid in nine years. The Scarlet Knights are attempting to gain some momentum for the program as they head into the Big Ten next season.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished the regular season with an 8-4 record. Notre Dame challenged itself with another tough schedule and didn’t quite have enough to knock off teams like Oklahoma and Stanford this season. The most crushing defeat came at Pittsburgh on Nov. 9, when Tommy Rees threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions in a 28-21 loss that knocked the Irish out of BCS bowl contention. Rees took over at the beginning of the season when Everett Golson was dismissed and put up three straight 300-yard passing games to begin the season before hitting the mark only once in the last nine contests. Rees ended up completing 53.7 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions but will go into the bowl game without offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who took over the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio). Notre Dame was at times carried by its defense, which also lost its leader when coordinator Bob Diaco was hired as the head coach of Connecticut.
Rutgers has had a lot of distractions in the locker room leading up to this bowl game and do be honest they don’t deserve to be in bowl game based of production and talent. Notre Dame has more talent on both sides of the ball and they will look to have a better performance from last year’s national championship game. I think the Fighting Irish will win this game by 20 points on Saturday.