Syracuse football vs. Minnesota latest odds, how to watch in Pinstripe Bowl

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Syracuse football will culminate its 2022 season on Thursday afternoon in the Big Apple, as the Orange will take on Big Ten Conference team Minnesota in the 2022 Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl.

After starting out 6-0 this fall, the ‘Cuse lost five in a row as the squad’s schedule became more challenging. In late November, Syracuse football pulled out a victory at Boston College to reach a 7-5 mark and ensure that the Orange would have a winning record in 2022.

Now Syracuse football is ready to battle the Golden Gophers (8-4) out of the rugged Big Ten. In the 2022 regular stanza, Minnesota finished in a tie for second place within the Big Ten’s West division.

The Golden Gophers own triumphs over New Mexico State, Western Illinois, Colorado, Michigan State, Rutgers, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin. On the flip side, Minnesota has fallen to some quality opponents in Purdue, Illinois, Penn State and Iowa.

Without question, the Golden Gophers are a formidable foe for the Orange, and the ‘Cuse will have to contend with this Big Ten group minus a sizable number of its players.

Syracuse football vs. Minnesota latest odds in Pinstripe Bowl

When I wrote this column, had installed the Orange as a 10.0-point betting underdog against the Golden Gophers. Also at the time of this writing, the over/under was set at 42.5 points.

It’s worth noting here that a couple of weeks ago, had the ‘Cuse as a 7.5-point betting underdog, so the spread has grown by a few points since that time.

Syracuse football vs. Minnesota prediction in Pinstripe Bowl

In their short all-time series together, the Orange is 2-3 against the Golden Gophers. Back in the 2013 Texas Bowl, Syracuse football defeated Minnesota, 21-17. Prior to that result, the Golden Gophers had captured three straight versus the ‘Cuse.

Per SU Athletics, Syracuse football is 2-0 in the Pinstripe Bowl, having defeated Kansas State in 2010 and West Virginia in 2012.

According to ESPN statistics, the Orange and the Golden Gophers score the same number of points per game, but Minnesota is giving up about nine fewer points per affair as well as nearly 60 fewer yards a game.

The Golden Gophers boast a lethal rushing attack, claiming 218.4 yards per contest on the ground. Syracuse football, conversely, nets 142.8 rushing yards per affair.

Due to all of the star players on the Orange roster who are not suiting up against Minnesota, I simply can’t envision the ‘Cuse prevailing. I’ll forecast the Golden Gophers to conquer Syracuse football, but hopefully, the Orange can keep things close.

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The Syracuse football roster, between the final regular-season game and today, has seen a lot of shuffling around.

At least nine current Orange players have entered their names into the NCAA’s transfer portal, and they are cornerback Duce Chestnut, defensive back Ja’Had Carter, wide receivers Dom Foster, Courtney Jackson and Anthony Queeley, offensive linemen Tyler Magnuson and Chad Schuster, and defensive linemen Josh Hough and Steve Linton.

Additionally, those ‘Cuse players who have declared for the 2023 NFL Draft include linebacker Mikel Jones, cornerback Garrett Williams, running back Sean Tucker, fullback/tight end Chris Elmore, offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron and wide receiver Devaughn Cooper, although Cooper recently said on Twitter that he will compete in the Pinstripe Bowl.

What’s more, Syracuse football has experienced a make-over at offensive and defensive coordinator. Rocky Long, most recently at New Mexico, is the Orange’s new defensive coordinator, replacing Tony White, who took on the same role at Nebraska.

And ‘Cuse quarterbacks coach Jason Beck was recently named the new offensive coordinator for Syracuse football, after Robert Anae took the same position at N.C. State. This is all a lot to digest, I know.

The Orange and Minnesota will kick off in the Pinstripe Bowl beginning at 2 pm on Thursday, Dec. 29, from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. ESPN will televise this encounter.

For Syracuse football and Golden Gophers fans who want to stream this game, you can check it out on fuboTV.

After its bowl game versus Minnesota, the ‘Cuse will have finished its entire 2022 schedule. Hopefully, Syracuse football will wrap things up with a bowl-game win and an overall record of 8-5, after going 5-7 last year and 1-10 in 2020.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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