Minnesota vs. Syracuse Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl Prediction: Picks & Start Time – December 29, 2022

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will battle the Syracuse Orange in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl.

Minnesota vs. Syracuse Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 10.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Minnesota as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Minnesota has -415 odds to pick up the win, while Syracuse is listed at +313 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 44.5 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Minnesota vs. Syracuse Live?

  • Game Day: Thursday, December 29, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: The Bronx, New York
  • Stadium: Yankee Stadium

Betting Preview


Minnesota ranks 53rd in total offense this season (404.3 yards per game), but has been shining on the defensive side of the ball, ranking fifth-best in the FBS with 404.3 yards allowed per game. Minnesota owns the 67th-ranked offense this season (28.3 points per game), and has been more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking third-best with just 13.3 points allowed per game. While Minnesota ranks 19th-worst in the FBS in passing offense with 185.9 passing yards per game, it’s been a different situation with the defense, which ranks ninth-best (173.7 passing yards per game allowed). Minnesota has been clicking on all fronts in the running game this season, ranking 11th-best in rushing offense (218.4 rushing yards per game) and 15th-best in rushing defense (105.9 rushing yards allowed per game). Minnesota has been making things happen on both sides of the ball on third down this season, owning the second-best mark in third-down percentage (52.6%) and second-best in third-down defense (26.2% third-down percentage allowed). With 16 forced turnovers (64th in the FBS) against 13 turnovers committed (26th in the FBS), Minnesota (+3) has the 40th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

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From an offensive standpoint, Syracuse is posting 366.6 total yards per contest (84th-ranked). It ranks 33rd in the FBS defensively (338.8 total yards allowed per game). In terms of points scored Syracuse ranks 67th in the FBS (28.3 points per game), and it is 36th on the other side of the ball (22.7 points allowed per game). Syracuse has been thriving on pass defense, allowing only 188.8 passing yards per game (20th-best). Offensively, it ranks 73rd in the FBS by posting 223.8 passing yards per game. With 142.8 rushing yards per game on offense, Syracuse ranks 74th in the FBS. On defense it ranks 74th, allowing 150.1 rushing yards per game. With a 36.0% third-down conversion rate on offense, Syracuse ranks 97th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 81st, allowing a 39.9% third-down rate. Syracuse has accumulated 18 forced turnovers this season and have turned the ball over 12 times, leading to a +6 turnover margin, which ranks 25th-best in the FBS.

Minnesota vs. Syracuse Betting Analysis

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Minnesota Betting Insights

Minnesota has gone 7-5-0 against the spread this season. Minnesota is 5-1 ATS when playing as at least 10.5-point favorites. This season, Minnesota games have hit the over five times. The Golden Gophers have a 6-3 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 66.7% of those games). The Golden Gophers have played five times as a moneyline favorite with odds of -415 or shorter, and claimed a victory in each game.

Orange Betting Insights

Syracuse have compiled a 6-6-0 record against the spread this year. In games it has played as 10.5-point underdogs or more, Syracuse has a perfect ATS record of 1-0. This season, Syracuse games have hit the over five times. This season, the Orange have won one out of the five games in which they’ve been the underdog. The Orange have a record of 0-1 when they’re set as an underdog of +313 or more by bookmakers this season.

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Minnesota vs. Syracuse Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 44.7 46.1 42.7
Implied Total AVG 29.9 33.7 24.6
ATS Record 7-5-0 5-2-0 2-3-0
Over/Under Record 5-7-0 2-5-0 3-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 6-3 4-2 2-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-1 0-0 1-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 52.2 53.2 50.7
Implied Total AVG 32.1 32.4 31.6
ATS Record 6-6-0 4-3-0 2-3-0
Over/Under Record 5-7-0 2-5-0 3-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-0 3-0 2-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-4 1-1 0-3

Players to Watch


  • Mariano Sori-Marin has helped carry the Golden Gophers’ defense with 87 tackles, three TFL, and one sack in 11 games.
  • Tyler Nubin has played 10 games, amassing four interceptions to go along with 54 tackles, two TFL, and two passes defended for the Golden Gophers.
  • With 58 tackles, four TFL, and one sack in nine games, Cody Lindenberg has been an important piece of the Golden Gophers’ defensive unit in 2022.
  • A key contributor to the Golden Gophers’ defense, Jordan Howden has two interceptions to go with 50 tackles, two TFL, and one pass defended in 11 games.


  • On defense, Marlowe Wax has helped set the tone with 79 tackles, 11 TFL, four sacks, and one pass defended in 11 games.
  • In nine games for the Orange, Mikel Jones has posted 72 tackles, four TFL, and three sacks.
  • Caleb Okechukwu has recorded five sacks to go with eight TFL and 38 tackles in 11 games for the Orange.
  • The Orange’s Justin Barron has posted 49 tackles, two TFL, and one sack in 10 games.

Minnesota vs. Syracuse Predictions and Pick

Minnesota vs. Syracuse betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Orange (+10.5)

    Pick OU:

    Over (44.5)

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How to Bet on Minnesota vs. Syracuse

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Our pick to win this matchup is Minnesota, and we predict that Syracuse will cover the spread (Minnesota -10.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 44.5 points.


Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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