New Era Pinstripe Bowl Odds
West Virginia is 7-5 on the season and 5-7 against the spread while Syracuse is 7-5 overall and 6-5-1 against the spread. The Mountaineers have hit the over in 6 of 11 lined games this season while Syracuse has hit the over in 7 of 11 games. Syracuse has won and covered in two straight meetings with West Virginia.
Trends show that the underdog has covered the spread in 5 of the last 7 games between these two teams. Syracuse is just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at a neutral site.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, West Virginia is favored in this game, as the Mountaineers have odds of -3.5 points against Syracuse. The over/under total has been set at 73.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had West Virginia favored by 4 points. The spread hit a peak of 4.5 points before falling back to WVU -3.5.
West Virginia closed the season with back-to-back wins. The Mountaineers started the season 5-0 but then lost five straight before ending the season on a strong note. WVU went just 4-5 in Big 12 play in its first year in the conference. On the season, WVU averaged 41.6 points per game on offense, which ranked 7th in the nation. However, the defense allowed 38.1 points per game, which ranks 117th nationally. Quarterback Geno Smith threw for 4,004 yards and 40 touchdowns this season to lead the team.
Syracuse finished this season on a very strong note, winning three straight and five of their last six to get to 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big East. The Orange were one of four teams to earn a share of the Big East title. Syracuse finished the season averaging 29.3 points per game while the defense allowed 25.7 points per contest. Syracuse has been led by quarterback Ryan Nassib, who has thrown for 3,619 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, Syracuse tight end Max Beaulieu and running back Adonis Ameen-Moore have both been suspended for this game while West Virginia defensive back Ishmael Banks is questionable with a leg injury.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing West Virginia. The Mountaineers are getting 75% of the wagers with odds of -3.5 points against Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.