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Pinstripe Bowl

The Pittsburgh Panthers have plenty of bowl experience with eight straight postseason appearances prior to this one, but they have gone just 1-4 SU and ATS over their last five bowl games. The Panthers hope to find some postseason success in the Pinstripe Bowl facing the Northwestern Wildcats.

Kickoff: Wednesday, December 28 @ 2 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York
Additional Read: Pittsburgh vs Northwestern Betting

2016 Pinstripe Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line

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Team Records
NorthwesternBig Ten6-67-54-8

Pinstripe Bowl Matchup

Pitt had one of the most explosive offenses in college football this season, ranking 10th in the nation with 42.3 points per game. That offense helped lead the Panthers to a stunning road upset over the Clemson Tigers, handing the ACC champions their only loss of the season in a 43-42 road win as a 21.5-point underdog. That win was part of a 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS run to end the season in which Pittsburgh averaged 58.3 points per game.

For as well as things went on offense for Pitt this season, the defense ranked 109th, allowing 35.6 points per game. The Panthers gave up a staggering 343.1 passing yards per game, second only to Arizona State for the worst pass defense in the country. Pitt's elite offense and porous defense led to the predictable trend of each of its last 11 games going OVER the posted total.

On the other side of the equation, Northwestern saw eight of its 12 games go UNDER this season thanks to a scoring defense that ranked in the Top 25, allowing 22.1 points per game, but an inconsistent offense that averaged only 25.6 points per game.

Northwestern enjoyed the occasional offensive outburst, scoring 38 or more points four times and going a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS in those games. Those strong performances included a 38-31 win over Iowa as an 11.5-point underdog and a 54-40 win over Michigan State as a 6.5-point underdog. But on four other occasions, the Wildcats offense sputtered and scored 13 points or less, going 0-4 SU and ATS in those four games.

The Wildcats are just 1-10 SU in their last 11 bowl games. Both of these teams will have plenty of motivation to break out of their recent bowl slumps. Northwestern could see itself get blown out if it has one of its off-days on offense, but Pittsburgh's shaky defense could pave the way for an exciting shootout at Yankee Stadium.

Pinstripe Bowl Betting Trends
  • Northwestern is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games in the postseason.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Northwestern's last nine games after a win.
  • Northwestern is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games.
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU and ATS in its last five games in the postseason.
  • The total has gone OVER in Pittsburgh's last 11 games.
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six games in December.

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Pinstripe Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2010Pinstripe BowlKansas State34Syracuse36EvSYRACUSYRACU
2011Pinstripe BowlRutgers27Iowa State13-1.5RUTGERRUTGER
2012Pinstripe BowlSyracuse38West Virginia14-3.5SYRACUSYRACU
2013Pinstripe BowlNotre Dame29Rutgers16+14.5RutgersNotre Dame
2014Pinstripe BowlPenn State31Boston College30-3Penn StatePenn State
2015Pinstripe BowlIndiana41Duke44+3DukeDuke
2016Pinstripe BowlPittsburgh-Northwestern-+5  
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