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Predictions 101 — Pinstripe Bowl

Dana Holgorsen AP

West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Sat., Dec. 29 – 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Bronx, N.Y. – Yankee Stadium

With all the wacky conference realignment continuing to go on across the country, maybe this third-year baby bowl is on to something. Perhaps reuniting rivals that don’t have time for each other anymore will be the wave of the future, replacing the rigid, yet random business of having lame conference tie ins.

This will be the 60th time that the Mountaineers and Orange collide, but this time its for the Steinbrenner Trophy instead of the Schwartzwalder Trophy. And who knows when it will happen again.

West Virginia (7-5) shouldn’t have any trouble getting up for this game. Most of the Mounties were around last year to experience the embarrassing 49-23 loss to the Orange, and all of them are looking to further distance themselves from the five-game losing streak that short-circuited this campaign.

Syracuse (7-5), which played in the first football game ever played at the original Yankee Stadium in 1923, will be trying to keep a lid on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who returned to his early-season form in the 59-10 victory over Kansas, completing 23-of-24 for 407 yards and three touchdowns.

The Big East co-champion Orange have a dangerous quarterback of their own in senior Ryan Nassib, who has thrown for 3,619 yards and 24 scores this season.

This will be high-flying shootout and everyone knows you can’t trust the Mountaineer defense in one of those.

Opening point spread: West Virginia by 3 1/2

The pick: Syracuse 42-38

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9 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Pinstripe Bowl”
  1. sd1024 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:47 PM

    Cuse all the way

  2. indywvu says: Dec 6, 2012 10:18 PM

    Wow. Picking Syracuse…

  3. dmcgrann says: Dec 6, 2012 10:46 PM

    My WVU in-laws think that this bowl is more like the Nightmare Bowl – worst case scenario. Got all excited for Big 12, and end up in a Big East regular season game. If it had been Pitt instead of Syracuse, at least it would have been more interesting.

  4. sd1024 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:39 AM

    Do you guys realize Cuse has this habit of beating WV, right?

  5. micquarters says: Dec 7, 2012 9:51 AM

    Tell your WVU in-laws that they wouldn’t have to worry about it if their team didn’t crap themselves once league play started. No one to blame but themselves. And the defense. Mostly the defense.

  6. thegamecocker says: Dec 7, 2012 10:14 AM

    Please wake me up when this is over. The ‘Cuse is going to feel like Clemson did last year in the Orange Bowl when the Mountaineers put up 70 points. My sense is West Va is mighty mad about how this ended and will see similar orange uniforms like Clemson wears. Gene Smith will wreak havoc on this team.

  7. wethog66 says: Dec 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    They really need to think of a new name for this bowl. I know its named the way it is because its played in Yankee Stadium, but still. When I hear the name of this bowl I think of pinstripes on a car, not pinstripes on a uniform.

  8. latchbeam says: Dec 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    A “habit” of beating WVU? Is a habit something that happens 3 times out if 10? WVU by 20…

  9. latchbeam says: Dec 8, 2012 11:27 AM

    My bad I was wrong about the habit… Syracuse has only beat WVU 2 times out of the last 10.

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