Syracuse Orange (9-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3)
College Football: Friday, December 28, 2018 at 5:15 pm (Camping World Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Syracuse Orange meet Friday in the college football Camping World Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have split their last six games and look for their second bowl victory since the 2012 season. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won three of their last five non-home games. Will Grier is completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Grier has three or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 11 games. Gary Jennings and David Sills V have combined for 1,813 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns while Marcus Simms has 46 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 162.2 yards per contest, and Kennedy McKoy leads the way with 729 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 26.5 points and 405.8 yards per game. David Long Jr. leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 97 tackles, Dante Stills has three sacks and Kenny Robinson Jr. has three interceptions.
The Syracuse Orange have won five of their last six games and have a shot at double-digit victories for the first time since the 2001 season. The Syracuse Orange have split their last six non-home games. Eric Dungey is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,565 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Dungey has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Jamal Custis and Sean Riley have combined for 1,559 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Nykeim Johnson has 39 receptions. The Syracuse Orange ground game is averaging 207.3 yards per contest, and Moe Neal leads the way with 827 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 27.8 points and 426.8 yards per game. Ryan Guthrie leads the Syracuse Orange with 101 tackles, Alton Robinson has 10 sacks and Andre Cisco has seven interceptions.
The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. The Orange are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Syracuse and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Orange last 7 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Mountaineers last 5 games overall.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have scored no less than 41 points in each of their last five games, but they gave up a combined 104 points in their last two games. The Syracuse Orange are coming off a road beatdown over a solid Boston College team, and they have a chance at 10 victories for the first time in nearly two decades. The West Virginia Mountaineers have covered five of their last seven games when favored of at least six points. The Syracuse Orange have covered seven of their last nine games when an underdog of at least six points. The bottom line is that both teams are high powered offensively and led by confident quarterbacks who can light it up. Points are going to come in buckets and the game will be decided by which defense can get a stop or force a late turnover. In back and forth games like this, I like to have free points in my pocket. With the way both teams can score, this line should be much smaller than it is. Syracuse is no pushover.