Free College Football Picks Today: Pinstripe Bowl 2022

Free College Football Picks Today: Pinstripe Bowl 2022
Thu 29th December 2022

The No. 22 Syracuse University Orange (7-5, 2-3 Away) travel to face the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4, 5-2 Home) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The Golden Gophers are 10-point favorites, and the total is 42.

Syracuse is coming off a 32-23 win over Boston College at Alumni Stadium on November 26. Garrett Shrader threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Sean Tucker ran 21 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Oronde Gadsden II caught six passes for 106 yards.

Minnesota beat Wisconsin 23-16 at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26. Athan Kaliakmanis was 19 of 29 for 319 yards and two touchdowns. Mohamed Ibrahim carried 27 times for 70 yards. Brevyn Spann-Ford hauled in seven receptions for 95 yards.


The Orange are averaging 28.3 points per game for the season, 68th in FBS, and they are facing a Golden Gophers defense that has surrendered 13.3 PPG (5th). Meanwhile, Minnesota has scored 28.3 points a game this season, 69th in the nation, and Syracuse is allowing 22.7 PPG (38th).

The Orange rank 74th in the country in passing yards per game (223.8) and 77th in rushing (142.8). They will be facing a tough test, as the Golden Gophers are eighth in the country in passing yards allowed per game (173.7) and 15th against the run (105.8).

Minnesota has been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, averaging 218.4 yards per game (11th), while ranking 114th in passing yards (185.9). The Orange are allowing 188.8 passing yards (20th) and 150.1 rushing yards per game (71st).


Through 11 games, Garrett Shrader has thrown for 17 touchdowns (6 INT) and 210.0 yards per game to lead Syracuse in passing. In four games away from home this season, he has seven TDs (2 INT) and an average of 267.0 yards passing. Sean Tucker leads the team in rushing with an average of 88.3 yards a game over 12 games.

He has 11 touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. Oronde Gadsden II is the Orange’s leading receiver with 81.0 yards a game and six TDs. Tanner Morgan has seven passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 165.5 yards per game through eight games to lead Minnesota.

Mohamed Ibrahim has been the team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 144.9 yards a game through 11 games. He has 19 touchdowns. Daniel Jackson has been a key target in the Golden Gophers’ aerial attack. He has three touchdowns and a 53.8 yard per game average through nine appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Minnesota -10.5 (-110)

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