Rutgers vs Miami Prediction - College Football Picks 12/28/23

Miami Hurricanes (7-5) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-6)

Game Info: Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 2:15 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Betting Odds: Miami Hurricanes +1.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rutgers has lost four games in a row, while Miami has dropped three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rutgers vs Miami prediction.

Rutgers Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 6-6 (3-6) this season and they finished fifth in the Big Ten East standings. Rutgers started the season with a 4-1 record and was sitting at 6-2, but lost their last four games. The Scarlet Knights lost to Maryland, Penn State, Iowa, and Ohio State to close out the season. The Rutgers offense is scoring 22.8 points per game with 142 passing yards per game and 165.4 rushing yards per game. Gavin Wimsatt has thrown for 1,651 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions, while rushing for 488 yards and nine touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights this season. Kyle Monangai has rushed for 1,099 yards and seven scores, while Christian Dremel has caught 34 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns. The Rutgers defense is allowing 21 points against per game this year. 

Miami Preview

The Miami Hurricanes are 7-5 (3-5) this year and they finished tied for ninth in the ACC standings. Miami started the season with four straight wins, but lost five of their next seven games to fall to 6-5, before defeating Boston College in the regular season finale. The Hurricanes lost to NC State, Florida State, and Louisville while beating Boston College in their last four games. The Miami offense is scoring 32.1 points per game with 264.4 passing yards per game and 176.8 rushing yards per game. Jacurri Brown will be making his first appearance of the season under center for Miami in this game. Henry Parrish Jr. has rushed for 579 yards and six touchdowns, while Xavier Restrepo has caught 74 passes for 993 yards and five scores. The Miami defense is allowing 22.1 points against per game this season. 

Miami Hurricanes Team Facts

  • Miami (FL) has lost each of its last seven games played at neutral venues.
  • Miami (FL) has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four Bowl games.
  • Miami (FL) has lost the first half in five of its last six games against non-conference opponents at neutral venues.
  • Three of Miami (FL)'s last four games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone OVER the total points line.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Team Facts

  • Rutgers has won 10 of its last 11 games against non-conference opponents.
  • Rutgers has covered the spread in five of its last six games against non-conference opponents.
  • Rutgers has won the first quarter in each of its last three games against non-conference opponents.
  • Rutgers has won the first half in six of its last eight games against non-conference opponents.

Rutgers vs Miami Betting Prediction

Rutgers comes into this game on a four game losing streak, but they will look to cap off a solid season with a huge win here. Miami has lost three of their last four games and will be turning to a quarterback who has not played yet this season. I do think Rutgers is going to have all the motivation in this game, while Miami will be less than thrilled to be playing in colder weather. The Scarlet Knights had a really solid season, despite losing their last four games, and a win here would really propel them into next season. I do worry about the Rutgers offense, as they were pretty bad down the stretch, but I just don’t think Miami is going to be remotely interested in this game. Take Rutgers here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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