Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Preview

Date: December 29, 2012 3:15 PM ET
Stadium: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Payout: $1,800,000 per team
Played: 2010-present
Former Names: N/A
Broadcasters: Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer
Sideline Reporter: Tom Rinaldi

West Virginia: The Mountaineers' first season in the Big 12 began with great promise, as the team's 5-0 record included victories over No. 25 Baylor and No. 11 Texas. Then came five straight losses in Big 12 games, relegating West Viginia to the conference's seventh bowl tie-in. West Virginia looked stellar in last season's Orange Bowl, routing Clemson 70-33.

Syracuse: Doug Marrone has guided Syracuse to its second bowl game in his four years as head coach. In 2010, the Orange defeated Kansas State 36-34 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. They'll be hoping for a similar result against another Big 12 foe and former Big East conference-mate. The Orange beat West Virginia in their past two meetings, including a 49-23 beatdown last season.

West Virginia Syracuse
Overall Record 7-5 Overall Record 7-5
Conference Record 4-5 Conference Record 5-2
Bowl Record 14-17 Bowl Record 13-9-1
Last Bowl Win 2012 Orange Last Bowl Win 2010 Pinstripe

All Time Series: 32-27 Syracuse
Line: West Virginia by 3.5

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