2018 Pinstripe Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
New York, New York.
Start spreading the news: the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl is on its way.
Two teams take the field at Yankee Stadium in the Boogiedown for a chance to win a bowl game. They will be from the ACC and Big Ten, as it has been for most of the existence of the Pinstripe Bowl.
First, we have the Miami Hurricanes out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and then, it’s the Wisconsin Badgers from the Big Ten. This is one of those games where, yes, you might have believed in August that these teams would be facing each other now. That is to say, in the New Years’ Six. These were both preseason top-ten teams that accumulated ten losses between them. Neither lived up to expectations, but school and conference pride remain on the line, anyway.
We make our pick for the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl, and below, you can follow the links to all bowls picked before this one.
Previous Bowls Picked: Cure | New Mexico | Las Vegas | Camellia | New Orleans | Boca Raton | Frisco | Gasparilla | Bahamas | Idaho Potato | Birmingham | Armed Forces | Dollar General | Hawaii | First Responder | Quick Lane | Cheez-It | Independence
2018 Pinstripe Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Thursday, December 27, 2018, 5:15pm ET (2:15pm PT)|
|Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York|
|Broadcast on ESPN|
|$4,300,000 payout (Link: College Football Poll)|
|Miami is a 3.5-point favorite|
2018 Pinstripe Bowl: Miami Hurricanes
|7-5 (4-4 ACC); 3rd in ACC Coastal|
|Best Win: Pittsburgh|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 51st, Total Offense 91st, Rushing Offense 43rd, 3rd Downs 49th, Time of Possession 67th, Turnover Margin T-47th, Sacks Allowed T-63rd, Red Zone 56th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 15th, Total Defense 2nd, Rushing Defense 25th, Opponent 3rd Downs 1st, Sacks Per Game 10th, TFL Per Game 1st, Interceptions T-16th, Opponent Red Zone 85th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking T-65th, Punts Per Game T-55th|
2018 Pinstripe Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers
|7-5 (5-4 Big Ten); 2nd in Big Ten West|
|Best Win: Iowa|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense T-62nd, Total Offense 40th, Rushing Offense 7th, 3rd Downs 55th, Time of Possession 35th, Turnover Margin T-87th, Sacks Allowed T-39th, Red Zone 24th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 43rd, Total Defense 42nd, Rushing Defense 57th, Opponent 3rd Downs 62nd, Sacks Per Game T-112th, TFL Per Game T-109th, Interceptions T-65th, Opponent Red Zone T-73rd|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 112th, Punts Per Game T-97th|
2018 Pinstripe Bowl: Head-to-Head
Miami-FL and Wisconsin have met five previous times, and this will be their sixth meeting in college football history.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 3-2. Those five earlier games are spread out over a period of almost 60 years, with the first coming in 1958 and the most recent being last season, 2017. This is a rematch of the 2017 Orange Bowl, which Wisconsin won, 34-24. (Link: Winsipedia)
2018 Pinstripe Bowl: Pick
Wisconsin was a team we thought could be in the College Football Playoff this season. They were not even the third-best team in the Big Ten, let alone a contender. Their offense never got it together and the defense, while alright statistically, lags behind national contenders. The net result was a 7-5 campaign that left Badgers fans wanting.
The same thing could be said of Miami, also a top-ten team in the preseason that got whacked right out of the gate and never recovered. Mark Richt is not Mr. Popular in Coral Gables in spite of a strong first two seasons. Miami wasted a stellar defense in a year with quarterback controversies and inconsistent offensive production. Instead of being a scary team to play, they turned out to be a little better than average.
So, Wisconsin and Miami start on about the same footing, but no time for sob stories about how your season did not turn out the way you wanted. Wisconsin’s problem is Alex Hornibrook, who is still not game-ready. The Badgers are burning Jack Coan’s redshirt to start him. (Link: Wisconsin State Journal) One would have to think whomever Miami runs out there will at least be a little better.
If I had a worry about Miami, it’s that they might mail it in now that they’re in a pointless exhibition. They do pass the eye test a little better, however. It’s just that the Hurricanes’ best win was Pitt, who are nothing to write home about, and at least Wisconsin beat some decent teams. Should not matter today, but you never know. This is a tough pick because the teams are in the same boat in a lot of ways.