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December 30, 2010

College Football Bowl Picks - New Era Pinstripe Bowl:

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Syracuse (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5)


3:20 PM, ESPN, Thur. Dec. 30, Bronx, NY

Why Watch: Watch because it’s football on a baseball field. For the second time this season, the diamond of Yankee Stadium turns into a gridiron. It will be the first addition of the Pinstripe Bowl, and first bowl game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium. The Orange, who are playing in their first bowl game since 2004, get the backdrop of their hometown state, as well.

Who to Watch: The game features a terrific matchup of running backs, who both brought in consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. For Kansas State, it’s senior Daniel Thomas. A once junior college transfer, Thomas followed up a 1,200 yard, 2009 season, with 1,495 yards in 2010. He also rushed for 16 scores. For Syracuse, it’s senior Delone Carter. Carter was the focal point of the Orange offense once again, rushing for 1,035 yards and seven scores this season.

How it’s Going Down: Both offenses go as far as their running games take them. For Kansas State, it’s been pretty good at times this season. The ‘Cuse are average at stopping the run, ranked No. 42 in the country in rush defense, though. Kansas State's defense is downright ugly at stopping the run, ranked No. 118 in the nation in rush defense. With only two team’s worse at stopping opposing rushing games than the Wildcats, I like Carter’s chances of ending his career on a high note in the Bronx. Pick: Syracuse 28 – Kansas State 23

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