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Wisconsin vs. Miami - 12/27/18 - Pinstripe Bowl College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami-FL Hurricanes (7-5) at Wisconsin Badgers (7-5)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 5:15 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers will meet up in college football action Thursday in the Pinstripe Bowl. 

Miami finished at 7-5 this season. The Hurricanes suffered a four-game losing streak later in the season versus Virginia, Boston College, Duke and Georgia Tech but finished off with two wins over Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. 

In the Panthers game, Miami QB N’Kosi Perry put up 52 yards on six completions, and Travis Homer logged 168 yards and a TD on eight carries. Mike Harley led the Hurricanes receivers with his two receptions for 18 yards. 

Over on the Wisconsin side, they came out of the regular season at 7-5 as well. The Badgers went 3-3 over their final six outings, falling to Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State while taking out Illinois, Rutgers and Purdue. 

In the Gophers matchup, Wisconsin’s Alex Hornibrook put up 189 yards, two touchdowns and three picks. Jonathan Taylor logged 120 rush yards and Danny Davis led the Wisconsin receivers with 93 yards and a score off 10 grabs. 

The Hurricanes are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 following an ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall. Miami is also 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the Big Ten and 1-6 ATS in their last seven bowl games. 

Meanwhile, the Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up loss and 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up loss. 

Miami’s win over Pittsburgh wasn’t pretty, but it was effective as they rolled 24-3 against a good Panthers squad. Still, it’s a little concerning that the offense returned to a state of dormancy after a good showing versus the Hokies. 

As for Wisconsin, they had a few offensive duds over their last handful of games as well, but they were facing some of the top teams in the country during that stretch. I’m going to take the Badgers to manage a cover—and maybe even a win—on the big stage here.

Pick:
Wisconsin Badgers +2.5

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