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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.

Syracuse Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2 LineATS win
1995Gator BowlSyracuse41Clemson0-2SYRACU
1996Liberty BowlSyracuse30Houston1716HOUSTO
1997Fiesta BowlSyracuse18Kansas State35-4KAN.ST
1998Orange BowlFlorida31Syracuse107FLA
1999Music City BowlSyracuse20Kentucky13-2.5SYRACU
2001Insight BowlSyracuse26Kansas State3-6SYRACU
2004Champs Sports BowlSyracuse14Georgia Tech51-6GATECH
2010Pinstripe BowlKansas State34Syracuse360SYRACU

West Virginia Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2 LineATS win
1996Gator BowlNorth Carolina20West Virginia136UNC
1997Carquest BowlGeorgia Tech35West Virginia301.5GATECH
1998Insight BowlWest Virginia31Missouri34-2MIZZOU
2000Music City BowlMississippi38West Virginia494WESTV
2002Continental BowlWest Virginia22Virginia485.5VIRGNA
2003Gator BowlWest Virginia7Maryland41-4.5MARYL
2004Gator BowlWest Virginia18Florida State30-9.5FLAST
2005Sugar BowlWest Virginia38Georgia35-7WESTV
2006Gator BowlGeorgia Tech35West Virginia38-9GATECH
2007Fiesta BowlWest Virginia48Oklahoma28-6WESTV
2008Meineke Car Care BowlWest Virginia31North Carolina302.5UNC
2009Gator BowlFlorida State33West Virginia21-2.5FLAST
2010Champs Sports BowlNorth Carolina State23West Virginia7-3N.C.ST
2011Orange BowlWest Virginia70Clemson33-3WESTV

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