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Pinstripe Bowl betting: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Week P action

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Notre Dame Fighting Irish
5-6 December 28, 2013, 12:00 | Yankee Stadium 8-4

After making it all the way to the BCS Championship Game last year Notre Dame will have to settle for a berth in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium this year.

The Fighting Irish will take on Rutgers in the game in the Bronx on December 28, with Rutgers losing its last three games vs. Notre Dame by a combined 149-17.

Rutgers won the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl and they may find a trend here to suggest they will win again. Notre Dame is just 2-9 ATS in its past 11 bowl games.

Rutgers meanwhile is a profitable 5-1-1 ATS in its past seven bowl games.

The Fighting Irish currently sport a record of 8-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-6-1 ATS. The Scarlet Knights are 5-6 and 3-8 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Fighting Irish post a 5-7 over under record this season, while the Scarlet Knights have gone 5-6 against the number.

View Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Fighting Irish at No. 48 and the Scarlet Knights at No. 98 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 29-23 result in favor of the Fighting Irish.

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In their last action, Rutgers was a 31-6 winner at home against South Florida. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (37) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Fighting Irish were Week 14 losers coming out on the wrong end of 27-20 score against Stanford.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Notre Dame's No. 75-ranked offense (27.08 PPG) against a Scarlet Knights defense that ranks No. 84 at 29.83 PPG. The Fighting Irish passing attack has averaged 249.5 yards per game, less than the Scarlet Knights give up through the air (311.42 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Scarlet Knights own the league's No. 6-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 97 yards per game when on the road. Notre Dame, on the other hand, rates No. 61 this week in generating rushing yards at home.