NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL
INDIANA (6-6, 2-6 BIG 10) VS. DUKE (7-5, 4-4 ACC)
This is a matchup between two schools in a bowl game rather than a final four matchup. Indiana are much better than their record suggest. They beat a solid Western Kentucky team and started off 4-0.
Then they hit a terrible rough patch with a very strong schedule. They still only lost to Michigan by seven and they probably should’ve beaten Rutgers after allowing 22 unanswered 4th quarter points.
Duke on the other hand have been a bit more fortunate this year. They beat Boston College 9-7 because they couldn’t spike the ball in time. The Blue Devils were ranked this year but they also hit a tough patch in their schedule and had a bad loss against Virginia who fired their head coach.
Indiana is a team that has scored points in bunches this year, the Hoosiers scored 40 points or more in five of their games this season. They just can’t stop anyone either, but lucky for them Duke’s leading rusher in their quarterback Thomas Sirk. Nate Sudfeld and Jordan Howard should be the difference for the Hoosiers in this game and they’ll barely cover the three point spread.