tBBC Preview: The Pinstripe Bowl- West Virginia vs. Syracuse

Written December 28th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

It what will be the 60th meeting between two teams, who have a storied rivalry since after WWII, The Mountaineers and Orangemen know a little bit about each other but will ave to continue their rivalries in the bowl season. WVU is now in the Big Twelve and ‘Cuse is headed to the ACC next year leading the series 32-27 and the slimmest of margins for average scores in games between the two 20.14 to 19.53. Both have endured up and down seasons but are looking forward to this go around.

Saturday, December 29 |  Yankee Stadium, New York City  |   3:30 Kick-off ESPN

7-5 (5-2) Big East Tied for first

These two teams have played for the Scwartzwalder Trophy since 1993 but this time around they are playing for the Steinbrenner Trophy. Syracuse leads the all-time series and has stolen two games away from the Mountaineers in their last two meeting. They will have to be on their A-game because they’ll be facing one of the best QB’s in college football this season in Geno Smith. The ‘Cuse upset #11 Louisville and went on to beat Mizzou and Temple to finish the season and take a share of the Big East with them as they leave.

Playmakers:  Offensively this is a tie because QB Ryan Nassib and WR Alec Lemon have practically been the corsican brothers. The singal caller has set a new career passing mark for the Orange in his senior season having gone over the 9,000 yard mark. Lemon is his favorite target and they havent disappointed ‘Cuse fans, hooking up for 70 cathce and over 1,000 yards with 7 TD’s. Theyve been on fire since the Luoisville game and look to carry it into the shootout with WVU.

Defensively, the “Cuse have but one playmaker in Marquis Spruill, and he has been suspended following an arrest. And let’s face it neither team plays defense so it’s no surprise there are few stars on that side of the ball up in New York.

Season High – Low Head coach Doug Morrone looked to be in danger of leaving Syracuse way before he actually wanted to. The Orange started off the season 2-6 but rebounded nicely to finish strong and get a bowl bid. They are riding their season high right now having witnessed their two play-makers getting things going to upset Louisville. He may have thrown some ice on his hot-seat and looks to keep the team on a roll in the post season. Read More

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