Miami football Pinstripe Bowl early odds versus Rutgers released

Dec 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team is a 4.5-point favorite over Rutgers in the early point spread published by FanDuel. The Pinstripe Bowl has a relatively low total of 43.5. Miami starting Jacurri Brown at quarterback and both teams losing five players to the transfer portal will have an impact on the outcome of the Pinstripe Bowl.

Miami has also lost edge rushers Jahfari Harvey and Chantz Williams, linebacker Corey Flagg and running back Don Chaney Jr. None of the Rutgers players who entered the transfer portal were key contributors for the Scarlet Knights this season. The Rutgers transfers will affect the Scarlet Knights’ depth.

Miami is favored for the eighth time in 2023. Rutgers is an underdog for the seventh time in 2023. The Pinstripe Bowl is the lowest total in a Miami game this season. Miami at North Carolina State was the previous low in a Hurricanes’ game this season at 44. Only two Rutgers games in 2023 have exceeded 43.5 in 2023.

Rutgers versus FCS Wagner had a total of 53.5. Maryland beat Rutgers 42-24 in a game with a total of 45.5 in the final game of the season. Seven Miami games have exceeded the total this season. Only three Miami games went under the 43.5-point total in 2023. Five Rutgers games went below 43.5 in 2023.

Miami was 6-6 versus the spread this season. The Hurricanes were 3-4 as a favorite. Miami covered the point spread as a favorite versus Miami (Ohio), Temple and Boston College. Bethune-Cookman, Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina State covered the point spread against favored Miami.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina State won outright versus Miami as underdogs. Rutgers is 1-4-1 as an underdog this season. The only time Rutgers covered the point spread as an underdog this season was a 24-13 loss at Wisconsin with the Badgers favored by 12.5. Rutgers lost 31-7 to Michigan as a 24-point underdog.

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The four games Rutgers failed to cover the point spread came during their four-game end-of-season losing streak to Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State and Maryland. Ohio State was an 18.5-point favorite versus Rutgers, Iowa 1.5, Penn State 19.5 and Maryland 2.0. Rutgers had the second toughest 2023 schedule and Miami was 56th.