The Syracuse Orange have a lot to prove in the Pinstripe Bowl. So will they?
The Syracuse Orange have won every single Pinstripe Bowl they've ever played in since 1895.
The Syracuse Orange are currently on a three-game winning streak in which they scored no less than 31 points in each game.
Those three streaks are not what matters on Saturday and yet, they're a clear indicator of the way things are moving for Syracuse Football. By keeping them all alive, the Orange can send a great message (mostly to recruits) and it's not smoke and mirrors, we really are pretty good.
Everyone and their mother is predicting this game to be a high-scoring affair. The over/under opened at 68 and just about every prediction for the game is over that. Stewart Mandel thinks both teams might hit that number themselves. I don't know of anyone who isn't saying at lease one of these teams will score 40+.
And so, I think the final score is going to be something like 28-24.
Yes, West Virginia's secondary is horrendous and Syracuse's isn't that much better. And they're both going against two of the most prolific quarterbacks and offenses in the nation. But this is a bowl game. Neither team has played in a month. It's going to be frigid on gameday and the elements might play a factor. Weird things happen in bowl games. On paper, what should be a 48-45 game ends up being 21-20.
I can't back up my prediction with any hard facts or proof. Just a hunch. The expectations of a scoring explosion will crumble under their own weight as each offense starts rusty and each defense starts better than they should. Things will course-correct as the game goes on but it'll be too late to put up record-breaking numbers.
So am I picking Syracuse to win or what? Absolutely. West Virginia certainly can win this game. And the Syracuse fan in me wants to initially fear the worst, a blowout loss. But I just don't think that's going to happen. That was supposed to happen the last two times we played West Virginia, too. Last year they were a lot better and we were a lot worse, and we saw how that played out.
So I'm going to say Syracuse wins the Pinstripe Bowl 28-24 and takes a whole lot of momentum into the ACC with them.
How bout you?
What will the outcome of the Pinstripe Bowl be?
Syracuse will win by 14+ points (17 votes)
Syracuse will win by 7-13 points (56 votes)
Syracuse will win by 1-6 points (56 votes)
West Virginia will win by 1-6 points (4 votes)
West Virginia will win by 7-13 points (14 votes)
West Virginia will win by 14+ points (9 votes)
156 total votes