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2019 Pinstripe Bowl - Michigan State Spartans vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Pinstripe Bowl Betting

We don’t often see coaches leave a program after a bowl game – that usually happens before when guys get a better gig. Given the state of the Michigan State Spartans program and their 6-6 record in 2019, a poor showing at the Pinstripe Bowl against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons could mean the end of Mark Dantonio’s tenure in East Lansing. Wake qualified for a bowl for a program record fourth straight year and can finish this season like they did the previous three – with a win. Michigan State opened as a 4.5-point favorite in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

2019 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at a Glance

Date: Friday, December 27, 2019

Time: 3:20 p.m. ET

Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York


Matchup: Michigan State Spartans vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Odds: Michigan State -4.5, total 49

Pinstripe Bowl Preview

If it wasn’t for Michigan State’s defense this season they wouldn’t be bowling because the offense has been atrocious. The Spartans were on the brink of missing out on a bowl for the second time under Dantonio until a late season surge got them to the break-even point. A five-game losing streak where the Spartans scored only 61 points nearly doomed them. And more than half of those points came in 37-34 loss to Illinois. In the other four outings Sparty scored 27 points. Following a 44-10 loss at rival Michigan, the Spartans needed wins in their final two matchups. It’s a good thing they had bottom feeders Rutgers and Maryland on the schedule. MSU won those games against teams that finished with a combined overall record of 5-19.

The Spartans rank 18th nationally in total defense allowing 320.1 yards per game and they’ve been good against the run yielding 109.5 yards per outing. They will face an offense that tore up the ACC through the first eight weeks before faltering down the stretch. Still, Sparty needs a spark from Brian Lewerke and the offense to avoid a disaster like they had at last year’s Redbox Bowl. The defense shut down Justin Herbert and Oregon’s offense, but the Spartans failed to score a touchdown in the 7-6 setback. It was MSU second bowl defeat in their last three trips.

Boasting an explosive offense Wake darted out to a 7-1 record and entertained thoughts of winning the ACC Atlantic. That was until a loss at Virginia Tech and a 52-3 beatdown in Clemson. The Deacs won just one of their final four games with a loss at Syracuse putting a cap on an 8-4 regular season. Still, Wake can finish with nine wins for the first time since 2007 and capture a fourth straight bowl victory. Weather conditions are expected to be less than favorable which could influence Wake’s up-tempo approach.

The loss of leading receiver Sage Surratt impacted the offense late in the season, as did ailments to quarterback Jamie Newman. Surratt is done for the year and Newman, who passed for 2,693 yards and 23 touchdowns, is questionable with a leg injury. The pair helped Wake boast the 12th ranked offense with 473.4 yards per contest, and the 18th best pass attack with nearly 300 yards per game. The Deacs also scored 32.8 points per outing. Surratt missed the last three games and still leads the team with 1,001 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. The Deacs went into a tailspin defensively allowing 38.5 points over the final four games, an increase of 13 points per game over their first eight outings.

Pinstripe Bowl Format

The creation of what was originally called the Yankee Bowl in 2010 brought back a major college football bowl game to the New York City area for the first time since the Gotham Bowl was played at the original Yankee Stadium in 1962. In March of 2010, bowl organizers struck a deal with New Era Cap Company and the game was officially changed to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The bowl is organized by MLB’s New York Yankees and is currently affiliated with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference through 2025, contingent on each conference having enough bowl-eligible teams.

The game initially featured a matchup between the Big 12 and the Big East. Rutgers, the closest FBS school in the New York City area, played in the 2011 game. It was the first of two visits for the Scarlet Knights, tying them with Syracuse for the most. The current affiliation with the Big Ten will allow for more Rutgers visits as long as it qualifies.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Game Results

2018 Wisconsin Miami 35-3
2017 Iowa Boston College 27-20
2016 Northwestern Pittsburgh 31-4
2015 Duke Indiana 44-41 (OT)
2014 Penn State Boston College 31-30 (OT)
2013 Notre Dame Rutgers 29-16
2012 Syracuse West Virginia 38-14
2011 Rutgers Iowa State 27-13
2010 Syracuse Kansas State 36-34

The inaugural matchup saw Syracuse beat Kansas State 36-34 with the help of a controversial call that changed celebration rules. KSU scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to pull within two points. However, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called when the scoring player saluted the crowd. The Wildcats failed on the potential game-tying two-point conversion. The NCAA changed its rules on celebrations the following season.

Northwestern upset No. 23 Pittsburgh in 2016, ending a string of two straight overtime games. Duke edged Indiana 44-41 in the 2015 event after Penn State nipped Boston College 31-30 in 2014. The Eagles missed an extra point in overtime opening the door for the Nittany Lions to grab the victory.

The string of close games continued in 2017 when Iowa scored a late touchdown to defeat Boston College 27-20. It was the fourth consecutive one-score game and the fifth in the bowl’s eight-game history. The streak was finally broken in 2018 as the Wisconsin Badgers cruised to a 35-3 victory over the Miami Hurricanes, with Wisconsin’s defense dominating from start to finish.

Most All-Time Wins at New Era Pinstripe Bowl

2 Syracuse 2010, 2012
1 Iowa 2017
1 Northwestern 2016
1 Duke 2015
1 Penn State 2014
1 Notre Dame 2013
1 Rutgers 2011
1 Wisconsin 2018

Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers are the teams that have made multiple appearances in the Pinstripe Bowl with the Orange being the only program to notch more than a single win. The ACC and Big Ten affiliations should yield more multi-game winners as the years go by.

Syracuse won two of the first three instances of this bowl game. However, from there it’s featured different teams, but the Pinstripe Bowl has consistently provided interesting games.

Organizers have done a much better job than their Gotham Bowl predecessors. The 1960 Gotham Bowl was never played as only Oregon State had accepted an invitation. Two teams agreed to play the following year at the Polo Grounds with Baylor beating Utah State. Miami and Nebraska hooked up in a thriller in 1962, but few people saw it. A cold day kept attendance around 5,000 and the bowl would not return.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl has been much more successful as the popularity of college football has exploded. Five of the eight games have been decided by a touchdown or less, three by a field goal or less and two games went into overtime. The attendance has always been more than 37,000 every year and another intriguing showdown could await in 2019.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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