West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Saturday, December 29th, 3:15 PM on ESPN
The Pinstripe Bowl is tied with the Heart of Dallas Bowl as the youngest of the postseason games, beginning just two years ago when the new Yankee Stadium opened. With the Big East and Big 12 tie-ins the game had an opportunity to take West Virginia and Pittsburgh and stay the Backyard Brawl's execution for one year, but elected instead to take Syracuse (and their massive NYC alumni base) to try to boost ticket sales. Typical Yankees.
Brendan's Pick: I have no earthly idea how these teams are playing each other in a bowl game. On October 6 West Virginia was 5-0, ranked #5 in the country, and coming off a thrilling win at Texas. Syracuse was 2-3 after squeaking by Pitt 14-13. Since then the Orange are 5-2. The Mountaineers are 2-5. Do we put more faith in Syracuse's second half "surge" or West Virginia's complete collapse against the heart of their Big 12 schedule? Does i...