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Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh: Pinstripe Bowl - 12/28/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-6)

College Football: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Yankee Stadium)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +3 -- Over/Under: 68 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

On Wednesday, December 28 from Yankee Stadium in New York, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Northwestern Wildcats will be meeting up in college football action for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. 

Pittsburgh finished the season on a pretty good run, winning six of their last eight games to finish 8-4 on the year. The Panthers’ final win came against Syracuse in a 76-61 shootout. In that one, Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman tossed 9-of-18 for 251 yards and four touchdowns while the team racked up 393 rushing yards. 

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Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh: Pinstripe Bowl - 12/28/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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On the season, Peterman sits on 2602 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions, while James Conner leads the Pittsburgh rushing attack with 208 carries for 1060 yards and 16 scores. Jester Weah is tops for the Panthers in receiving with 34 catches for 795 yards and nine TDs. 

Over on the Northwestern side, they’re entering play here with a 6-6 record on the year, going 2-1 in their final three games. The Wildcats beat Illinois 42-21 in their last outing, thanks to Justin Jackson’s 21 carries for 173 yards and three scores, as well as John Moten’s 14 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns. 

On the year, Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson holds 2968 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight picks, while Jackson leads the way on the ground with 266 carries for 1300 yards and 12 scores. Austin Carr is tops in the receiving game for the Wildcats, with 84 catches, 1196 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Northwestern is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game, and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Northwestern is also 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, and 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the ACC. 

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games, and 0-6 ATS in their last six non-conference games. Pittsburgh is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in December, and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Big 10. 

Most outlets are picking this as a rather high-scoring game, and I’m inclined to agree. Northwestern should be able to put up a fair amount of points against Pittsburgh, but in the end I think the Panthers will pull away with their superior offense. Northwestern has a shot with a run-heavy, clock-control game, but I don’t think it will pan out that way. Give me the Panthers here.

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