Syracuse football will appear in their first bowl game since 2013 when they face former Big East rival West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando on Friday the 28th.
20th-ranked Syracuse comes in at 9-3, looking for their first double-digit win total since 2001 while 16th-ranked West Virginia has had much more consistent success in recent years and enters with an 8-3 record, good for third place in the Big 12.
This will be a rematch of the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl, a dominating 38-14 win for Syracuse in Yankee Stadium. They’re playing in a much warmer climate this year and Syracuse has completely turned itself around (again) proving to be a force to be reckoned with. 2 of the 3 teams they lost to this year are headed to the College Football Playoff (Clemson & Notre Dame).
Let’s get business out of the way, BET. THE. OVER. Bet the over. Bet the over. Bet the over. Even with West Virginia’s star-quarterback, Will Grier, sitting out in preparation for the NFL draft, the Mountaineers will score points. That’s just what Big 12 teams do, and West Virginia one of the best at it. At over 42 points per game, West Virginia is 16th in the country in scoring offense and only behind the CFB Playoff-bound Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12, AKA the Conference of Shootouts.
On top of that, 6 of Syracuse’s last 7 opponents scored higher than their average points per game against the Orange and just last year, they allowed 162 points in the last 3 games. And I hate doing this but I just kinda have to mention, if we go back another year to 2016, you can see our season finale was a 76-61 (!!!) loss at the hands of Pittsburgh. Last year’s basketball games against Pitt finished 59-45 and 60-55, both Orange wins FYI.
Defensively, West Virginia is 145th in the country in scoring, they’ve allowed 3 of their last 4 opponents to score more than their season average. Syracuse’s offense, led by senior quarterback Eric Dungey, should have some fun running their up-tempo, spread offense. The same type of offense that most teams have had success with against the Mountaineers.
As I write this, the over/under is set at 65.5. Don’t be afraid of that number. This 2012 Pinstripe Bowl rematch will not disappoint in beautiful Orlando. That last meeting was Doug Marrone’s last game as head coach of Syracuse. I was there in the Syracuse student section, my last game as a mere fan in my time at Cuse. As for tomorrow, I’ve got my Orange showing that they just want to be there more, covering the 2-point spread, and helping the over hit in the early 4th quarter.
Final score: Syracuse 52 West Virginia 38.