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.
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
The weak that was and I pulled an 0′fer and am 3 and 12 on the season! Atleast Im doing a little better in the Pick ‘em pool!!! Anyone want to replace me as the the picker for these contest games? Here are the results of my worst weak week ever!!!
Safe Bet. VTU over PITT 31 to 6; Role reversal and WRONG! PITT 35 to 17 (Some other time Fat Urkel)
Points Plus. Mizzou over Arizona St. 43 to 39; wrong on points Mizzou 24 to 20
Defensive Struggle. Navy over Penn St. 9 to 7; WRONG AGAIN!! PSU 34 to 7
Best Match-up. USC over Stanford 34 to 28; Glad I was WRONG Stanford 21 to 14
Best B1G Game. MSU over Notre Lame 24 to 17; Sparty WRONGED me! ND 20 to 3
Ok… here’s what you’ve got for this week:
Safe Bet. Maryland @ WVU. I’ll take WVU and the points here. Now that the Heisman front runner Geno Smith and his streaks in shoes Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are firing on all cylinders in that high powered offense, they’ll take care of business quickly. Edsell’s Terp’s are still learning the ropes and have little chance of competing in this game. I was wron about my safe bet last week, but not this week. WVU 47 to 13
Points Plus. Fresno St. @ Tulsa. The Bulldogs hung 69 points last week on Colorado and the Golden Hurricanes blew through Nicholls St. for the tune of 66 points. The last time these two teams met in 2005 they combined for 55 points. I’d say the over in this match up is close to double that. Basketball on turf for sure. Fresno St. 54 to 49
Defensive Struggle. Rutgers @ Arkansas. I honestly am not too sure there is much left of John L. Smith and the Razorbacks after the Tide dismantled and blanked them last week. There isn’t help on the way in the form of the Scarlet Knights thoughas they are undefeated on the season and atop the Big Least standings. I’m not sure any of that means anything. Going with the gut feeling here. Arkansas 16 to 10
Best Match-up. Clemson @ Florida St. In my ACC preview I pretty much said it would come down to the man that beat the man that beat the . . , and here we go. If the home team holds pat, which I don’t believe they will, then FSU will become a front runner to possibly play the winner of the SEC championship for the national title. That being said, the ACC has a habit of beating up on each other in these types of games and ruining each others seasons. Its a tough place to play for sure but I still like Clemson to play for it in the end. Clemson 21 to 17
Best B1G Game. TTUN @ Notre Lame. It’s killing me that I have had to use these guys three weeks in a row and it’s even worse now that I have to chose between them and TTUN. Now that Notre Lame is finally leaving the B1G . . , oh wait . . , the Big Least . . , no . . , whatever, they’re headed to the ACC and good riddens! Two things I will never do, pick a TTUN team to win anything, nor will I ever root for them. Notre Lame 24 to 23
Good luck with this week’s picks and Go Bucks!