The Pinstripe Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2012 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our West Virginia vs. Syracuse picks and predictions and trying to beat the Pinstripe Bowl odds here at Cappers Info.
Pinstripe Bowl Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange
Date: Saturday, December 29th, 3:15 ET
Location: New Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Pinstripe Bowl Betting Odds: West Virginia -3.5
West Virginia vs. Syracuse Live TV Coverage: ESPN
This is one of our favorite games to handicap this year, as this is a game that features two teams out of the old Big East. Of course, Syracuse isn’t going to be in the Big East for all that much longer either, but the sense of rivalry for the time being should still be there, knowing that these two clubs faced off just last year. These two teams both went 7-5 this year, but it is clear that there is more credence to the 7-5 for WVU out of the Big East than there is for the 7-5 for the Orange out of the Big East.
West Virginia’s offense is going to be playing against a Syracuse defense that allowed just a slew of points both at the beginning of the season and the end of the season. In the first two and last five games of the campaign, the team allowed a whopping 32.6 points per game. The Orange did win their final three games of the season, and they needed two of those three games just to make it to a bowl game this year, but they got the job done and made it here. This is also one of the rare teams in America that had a 1,000-yard rusher (RB Jerome Smith), a 1,000-yard receiver (WR Alec Lemon), and a 3,000-yard passer (QB Ryan Nassib).
In the end, QB Geno Smith is going to be the man in this game, though. The home field advantage from playing in the Bronx aside, West Virginia is certainly the better of these two teams. Sure, the ‘Neers really didn’t do well down the stretch of the season, losing five games in a row at one point, but they did take their final two games and averaged 50.0 points per game in victories this year. The top two receivers for the Mountaineers just won’t be challenged. WR Tavon Austin accounted for 1,864 yards from scrimmage with a total of 15 TDs, while WR Stedman Bailey had 106 catches, 1,501 yards, and 23 TDs and was one of the best wide outs in the land all season long. Too much Bailey. Too much Austin. Too much WVU offense. West Virginia should win a barnburner.
West Virginia vs. Syracuse Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5
Pinstripe Bowl Score Prediction: West Virginia 48 – Syracuse 40