20* WVU/Syracuse Pinstripe Bowl No-Brainer on Syracuse +4
West Virginia vs. Syracuse,
12/29/2012 15:15 EDT,
Score: 14 - 38
Point Spread: +4/-110 Syracuse
The Syracuse Orange have been one of the most underrated teams in the country all season. They gave away some games early, but really came on strong late. They won three straight games to close out the season with a blowout 45-26 home victory over Louisville, followed by impressive road wins at Missouri and Temple. Louisville won the Big East and will be playing in a BCS bowl.
A closer look at the numbers indicates that the Orange are one of the better teams in the country. They rank 21st in the land in total offense at 473.4 yards per game and a respectable 51st in total defense at 385.1 yards per game. They have a huge edge on defense considering West Virginia ranks just 110th in total yards allowed at 469.6.
Syracuse has a mental edge over former Big East rivalry West Virginia having won each of the last two meetings over the past two seasons. It won 19-14 on the road as a 13.5-point underdog in 2010, then came back with an even more impressive 49-23 home victory as a 14-point dog in 2011. Ryan Nassib threw for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the win, and he’s having another solid season in 2012.
West Virginia is 0-7 ATS as a favorite on a neutral field since 1992. The Mountaineers are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. The Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Bet Syracuse Saturday.