Pinstripe Bowl preview and prediction: Pitt vs Northwestern

Today’s matchup will feature the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Northwestern Wildcats in this year’s edition of the Pinstripe Bowl, held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The game is expected to be a high-scoring affair, with the Panthers sporting an 82.7 percent scoring rate when in the redzone which is the best in the country.

The Wildcats have playmakers on offense, too. With running back Justin Jackson topping 1,300 yards this season and adding 12 touchdowns on the ground, the Wildcats will try to ride their workhorse to a bowl victory.

It will be an uphill battle, though.

Pitt might be the best 8-4 team in the country, having victories over Clemson and Penn State, who are both ranked in the top five. With a defense that likes to run mostly zone defenses and two-linebacker blitzes, the Panthers will look to rush Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thornton into errant passes and keep the ball out of the hands of leading wide receiver Austin Carr.

Northwestern has a penchant for coming up big in games where little is expected of them. With a 2-10 career bowl record, though, the underdog mentality has carried over into the postseason in the past.

With an offense that has had defenses scrambling all season, look for the trend to continue today.

Campus Sports will be on the scene for today’s big game, so stay tuned for updates throughout the afternoon.

Prediction: Pitt: 42, Northwestern: 17

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