Indiana vs. Duke College Football Picks: Power Offenses Will Fill Scoreboard in New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 6:49 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 6:49 PM GMT

Our college football analyst provides us with a betting preview article on the upcoming bowl game between Duke and Indiana. Check our New Era Pinstripe Bowl pick inside.

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College Football Pick: Over 67.5 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Bowl Game in the Bronx
The Indiana Hoosiers (6-6) and Duke Blue Devils (7-5) will meet in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday 12/26. The opening kickoff at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is slated for 3:30 PM ET. Current (12/15) college football odds at 5Dimes indicates that Indiana is a 2 point favorite, and the posted total is 67.5.

 

Hurricane Hangover for Duke
Duke entered their contest on 10/31 against Miami with a 6-1 record, and was nationally ranked. Then one the most bizarre endings to a college football game occurred. Duke scored a touchdown with just 0:08 left to play to give them a 30-27 lead, and then Miami used eight laterals on the ensuing kickoff to score a touchdown, and came away with a highly improbable 30-27 win. It was later revealed that a Miami player’s knee was down prior to one of those laterals, and the touchdown should not have counted. As a result, the ACC suspended the officiating crew, and those who were in charge of video reviews. In any event, that began a string of four losses in a row for the Blue Devils, and you can make a solid case that they never recovered from that gut wrenching defeat against Miami. On a positive note, they finished the regular season with a 27-21 win, albeit it can against a 3-9 Wake Forest team.   

 

High Powered Hoosiers Offense
Indiana may have finished just 6-6 during the regular season, but boy were they an entertaining team to watch. They’ve averaged 36.2 points per game, and also allowed 37.1 points per contest. In addition, Indiana has gone 10-2 over the total this season. After going 0-6 to start their 2015 Big Ten campaign, they won each of its final two contests by scores of 47-28 at Maryland, and 54-36 against Purdue. The Hoosiers have scored 41 points or more on five separate occasions this year, and also allowed 47 points or more four times.

 

Final Analysis
Indiana has gone over the total in each of their last six games, and there was a combined average of 83.5 points scored per contest. Duke went over the total in five of their previous six contests, and those games averaged a combined 66.8 points scored. This has all the ear marks of a high scoring affair, and I’ll follow that common sense logic for one of my college football picks.

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