2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Preview

The fact that this game will be held at Yankee Stadium makes it a must watch! Photo Courtesy: New Era Pinstripe Bowl Facebook Page
The fact that this game will be held at Yankee Stadium makes it a must watch! Photo Courtesy: New Era Pinstripe Bowl Facebook Page

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Game Info
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Duke Blue Devils
Saturday – December 26 – 2:30 pm CT
TV: ABC
Yankee Stadium – New York, New York

Records Before the Game
Indiana Hoosiers (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten)
Duke Blue Devils (7-5, 4-4 ACC)

Why you shouldn’t watch this game:
It’s the day after Christmas and you’re still teaching you kid how to ride a bike. It’s a long process, but this game doesn’t interest you.

Why you should watch this game:
This game is is between teams from the ACC and Big 10. Both teams are considered basketball schools. Football falls somewhere between baseball and soccer for these schools. So this will be a good match up between two decent football teams.

How did they get here:
Duke lead by Coach David Cutcliff went 7-5 overall including a quality win against Georgia Tech at the time ranked 20th in the nation. They also beat Virginia Tech in four overtimes by with the score of 45-43. It was the longest game in ACC history. Indiana led by Coach Kevin Wilson brought a fresh offense this year. Indiana finished at 6-6 overall to make them bowl eligible. With quality wins over Western Kentucky and Purdue.

Duke Blue Devils
Duke is led by Redshirt Junior Thomas Sirk at quarterback. He passed for 2,462 through the air and led the team in rushing with 648 yards. Hes a dual threat in the air and on the ground. He finished the season ranked second in the ACC with an average of 282 of total offense at quarterback. The defense is a stingy one led by Tinashe Bere Duke’s sack leader. He’s very disruptive all over the field. His draft stock will rise after this game. He could fit in any pro system as a rookie. Look out for this player.

Indiana Hoosiers
Junior running back Jordan Howard is the key to Indiana’s success. He won All Big Ten First team honors with an average of 134 yards on the ground. In nine games, he rushed for 1,213 yards. Nate Sudfeld made All Big Ten third team at QB. Sudfeld passed for 3,148 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Redshirt Sophomore kicker Griffin Oakes was named Big Ten’s Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year. He was 22 of 25 this year on field goals made. No one ever talks about the kicker, but he could be the difference in the game. Keep an eye out for him.

My Prediction
Don’t order a $5 foot long from Subway for this game. You won’t finish it. Duke will come out smoking in this one. I see the Blue Devils winning this one by 14. Final score Duke 37 – Indiana 23