SPOOKY EXPRESS BOWLING FOR DOLLARS SELECTION AND ANALYSIS THREAD
Rutgers vs. Iowa State
Friday, Dec. 30, 3:20 pm
The Big East’s Rutgers Scarlet Knights take-on the Iowa State Cyclones, out of the Big 12 in this year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rutgers rallied for three wins in its last four games to become bowl eligible, but closed the season out on a sour note with a 40-22 loss to Connecticut. The reason so many games stayed ‘under’ the total this season was because of a defense that was ranked 12th in the nation in points allowed; giving-up an average of just 18.8 points a game. The Scarlet Knights’ offense could be considered average at best with 336.5 total yards and 26.3 points a game. It was especially sketchy running the ball with less than 100 yards a game.
Iowa State needed every one of its six wins to qualify for this bowl, but this team played better than its 6-6 SU record would indicate. The Cyclones played seven games against teams that were ranked in the BCS top 25 at the time and came away with upsets over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The win over the then-No.2 Cowboys as 26.5-point home favorites was probably the biggest upset this season in college football. The Cyclones’ main problem was an inconsistent defense.
The Pinstripe Bowl’s venue definitely favors the Scarlet Knights, and although I am not really jumping up and down with this pick the numbers point to Rutgers winning this game by 2 touchdowns and that makes them a play that we cannot pass up.
RUTGERS PK (moneyline)
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