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Pinstripe Bowl betting odds preview

A discontinued conference rivalry is renewed when 7-5 Syracuse goes against 7-5 West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday, Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx (3:15 pm ET, ESPN2).

The early Pinstripe Bowl odds were listing the Mountaineers, who went 4-5 in the Big 12 this season, as four-point chalk over the Orange, who finished in a four-way tie for first in the Big East.

Syracuse is 3-1 ATS in its past 4 bowl games. [ More Pinstripe Bowl betting stats, trends and odds info ]

View West Virginia vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Orange pegged as 3.5-point underdogs in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, was 73.5 in early betting over at 5Dimes.

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Syracuse Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2 Line ATS win
1995 Gator Bowl Syracuse 41 Clemson 0 -2 SYRACU
1996 Liberty Bowl Syracuse 30 Houston 17 16 HOUSTO
1997 Fiesta Bowl Syracuse 18 Kansas State 35 -4 KAN.ST
1998 Orange Bowl Florida 31 Syracuse 10 7 FLA
1999 Music City Bowl Syracuse 20 Kentucky 13 -2.5 SYRACU
2001 Insight Bowl Syracuse 26 Kansas State 3 -6 SYRACU
2004 Champs Sports Bowl Syracuse 14 Georgia Tech 51 -6 GATECH
2010 Pinstripe Bowl Kansas State 34 Syracuse 36 0 SYRACU

West Virginia Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2 Line ATS win
1996 Gator Bowl North Carolina 20 West Virginia 13 6 UNC
1997 Carquest Bowl Georgia Tech 35 West Virginia 30 1.5 GATECH
1998 Insight Bowl West Virginia 31 Missouri 34 -2 MIZZOU
2000 Music City Bowl Mississippi 38 West Virginia 49 4 WESTV
2002 Continental Bowl West Virginia 22 Virginia 48 5.5 VIRGNA
2003 Gator Bowl West Virginia 7 Maryland 41 -4.5 MARYL
2004 Gator Bowl West Virginia 18 Florida State 30 -9.5 FLAST
2005 Sugar Bowl West Virginia 38 Georgia 35 -7 WESTV
2006 Gator Bowl Georgia Tech 35 West Virginia 38 -9 GATECH
2007 Fiesta Bowl West Virginia 48 Oklahoma 28 -6 WESTV
2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl West Virginia 31 North Carolina 30 2.5 UNC
2009 Gator Bowl Florida State 33 West Virginia 21 -2.5 FLAST
2010 Champs Sports Bowl North Carolina State 23 West Virginia 7 -3 N.C.ST
2011 Orange Bowl West Virginia 70 Clemson 33 -3 WESTV

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Syracuse's No. 61-ranked offense, averaging 29.3 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 116 this week at 38.1 PPG. The Orange aerial game is averaging 301.6 yards per game, less than the Mountaineers secondary allows through the air, 327.1 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Mountaineers feature the league's No. 66-rated road run defense, allowing 175.2 yards per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, ranks No. 51 in rushing offense at home.

West Virginia was a 59-10 winner in their most recent outing at home against Kansas. They covered the 22-point spread as favorites, while the total score (69) made winners of UNDER bettors. In their last game, West Virginia's aerial attack generated 407 yards and the Mountaineers came away with a 59-10 victory over Kansas at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Syracuse won its last outing, a 38-20 result against Temple on November 23. Syracuse covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 58 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Orange grabbed a Week 13 victory over the Owls in their last game, winning 38-20 at Lincoln Financial Field.

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing in December are 8-2
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When favored on the road are 7-3

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing in December are 5-3
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When an underdog at home are 4-6

A few Mountaineers at Orange trends to consider:
West Virginia is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Syracuse
West Virginia is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
West Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Syracuse
West Virginia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Syracuse's last 5 games
Syracuse is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Syracuse is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games
Syracuse is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing West Virginia