Miami football versus Rutgers: Pinstripe Bowl Prediction, Odds, Spread and total

After opening as a 4.5 favorite, the Miami football team is now an underdog versus Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday.

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With 10 Miami football players opting out of the Pinstripe Bowl to three for Rutgers, the point spread has shifted significantly in favor of the p Knights. Rutgers enters the Pinstripe Bowl with losses in three straight games. Miami ended a three-game losing streak in the final week of the regular season.

Rutgers had a brutal schedule with losses to Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State and Maryland to finish the season. Miami and Rutgers both played Temple this season. Rutgers beat Temple 36-7. Miami defeated Temple 41-7 two weeks later. Rutgers started the season 6-2 with notable wins over Northwestern and Virginia Tech.

Miami is an underdog for the fifth time this season. Rutgers is a favorite for the seventh time this season. The Scarlet Knights were an underdog in all four games during their season ending losing streak. The total is the lowest for a Miami game this season. Five Rutgers games have had a lower total.

Miami at North Carolina State was the previous low in a Hurricanes’ game this season at 44. The low for a Rutgers game this season was 27.5 in a 22-0 loss to Iowa. Rutgers will want to control the ball and keep it low-scoring. The Scarlet Knights are 104th nationally averaging 22.6 points per game.

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Miami football versus Rutgers: Pinstripe Bowl Odds, Spread and Total

Rutgers is a 1.5 point favorite per FanDuel. The moneyline lists Miami at minus 102 and Rutgers at minus 118. The total for the game is 40.5. FanDuel lists the over at minus 105 and the under at minus 115. FanDuel has eight parlays listed for the Pinstripe Bowl but no prop bets.

Miami versus Rutgers Pinstripe Bowl Betting Trends

Miami is 3-1 this season as an underdog and Rutgers is 5-1 as a favorite. The only game Miami did not cover the point spread as an underdog this season was in a 41-31 loss at North Carolina. Rutgers failed to cover as a four-point favorite in a 27-24 win over Michigan State. Rutgers needed 21 unanswered fourth quarter points to win.

Miami versus Rutgers Pinstripe Bowl: How to Watch and Listen

Television (ABC)
TV: ESPN (ESPN app)
Play-By-Play: Drew Carter
Analyst: Rod Gilmore
Reporter: Taylor Davis

Flagship Radio (560 WQAM)
• Joe Zagacki (play-by-play)
• Don Bailey, Jr. (color)
• Josh Darrow (sideline)

Spanish Radio (americaradio 1260)
• Alfredo Alvarez (play-by-play)
• Jose Martinez (color)

Courtesy MiamiHurricanes.Com and CollegePressBox.Com

Pinstripe Bowl: Key Players to Watch

Quarterback Jacurri Brown who will be taking his first snaps of the season, is the player to watch for Miami. The Hurricanes will look different on offense built around Brown's strengths as a runner. Miami has to replace seven starters for the Pinstripe Bowl. How the replacements play will be critical.

The key player to watch for Rutgers is running back Kyle Monangai. Monangai led the Big 10 with 1,099 yards rushing this season. Rutgers QB Gavin Wimsatt is their second leading rusher with 488 yards and nine touchdowns. If Miami can contain the Rutgers run they should win.

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Prediction

Expect a low scoring game. These are two defenses that could be one-dimensional on offense. Brown struggled with accuracy in 2022 and Wimsatt has a 47.8 completion percentage this season. Whoever runs and stops the run should win. Expect Miami to cover and bet the under.