Previewing Syracuse vs. West Virginia in the Outdoor Camping World Bowl: Date, Time, Spread, How to Enjoy

Who: No. 20 Syracuse (9-3)

vs. No. 16 West Virginia(8-3) What: Camping World Bowl When: 5:15 p.m. ET, Friday, December 28

Where: Camping World Arena, Orlando, Florida

Spread: Syracuse -1.5

How to view: ESPN, WatchESPN West Virginia opened as a 6.5-point preferred over Syracuse in the Outdoor Camping World Bowl, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, however the line swung in the Orange’s favor after West Virginia quarterback Will Grier revealed he will be remaining of the bowl video game.

Grier, the fourth-place finisher in this season’s Heisman Trophy ballot, will turn his focus to next year’s NFL Draft after completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 backyards, 37 goals and 8 interceptions.

That indicates backup quarterback Jack Allison, who’s 6-of-10 for 75 backyards, one touchdown and one interception while playing minimal snaps in 4 games this season, will get the start. Freshman quarterback Trey Lowe III might likewise see the field.

So while the Mountaineers bent a top-10 scoring offense and the country’s No. 3 passing attack this season, that will not be the team that takes the field at Camping World Arena.

Leading broad receiver Gary Jennings Jr. (54 receptions, 917 receiving yards, 17.0 avg., 13 TD) and offensive deal with Yodny Cajuste will also miss out on the championship game.

West Virginia has offending weapons, but the concern is if Allison can get them the ball in space. Pass receiver David Sills V (61 receptions, 896 receiving backyards, 15 TD) is a tested alternative on the outside but the Mountaineers may become more run-oriented offensively offered their personnel losses for the bowl.

Running backs Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway have integrated for 1,291 hurrying backyards and 13 rushing touchdowns this season.

The Mountaineers will require to discover a method to score– and score a lot– without their NFL-bound starting quarterback. West Virginia ranks ninth in the nation with 42.3 points per game, one area ahead of Syracuse, which averages 40.8 points per video game.

The Mountaineers lost their last 2 games despite scoring 56 and 41 points, respectively. They won their previous three with 47, 42 and 58 points. The Orange scored at least 40 points in 8 of their 9 wins, including five games in which they eclipsed the half-century mark.

While West Virginia has actually been an elite passing team this season, Syracuse is quite good on the ground (207 yards/game) and through the air (261 yards/game). Include one of the country’s finest kickers, redshirt freshman Andre Szmyt, and a defense that has forced 30 turnovers, and you have a Syracuse team that won its most games in 17 years, suffering two of its 3 losses to playoff teams.

Defensive end Alton Robinson has a team-high 10 sacks this season and defensive back Andre Cisco leads the team with 7 interceptions, so the duo could make life challenging for Allison as West Virginia begins the post-Will Grier age.

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is the engine that makes the Orange’s offense go. He has actually finished 60 percent of his passes this season for 2,565 yards and he’s also the team’s second-leading rusher with 732 backyards. Dungey is accountable for 32 total touchdowns– 17 death and 15 rushing.

He was knocked out of Syracuse’s loss to Notre Dame early in the video game however he bounced back to toss for 362 backyards in a 42-21 win over Boston College in which he was responsible for six overall touchdowns.

Running back Moe Neal (827 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns) is a more effective running option than Dungey, balancing 5.6 yards per bring to Dungey’s 4.4, and his backup Dontae Strickland (560 yards, 5.0 avg., six touchdowns) has actually had a productive season as the team’s third alternative on the ground.

Wide receiver Jamal Custis is a big-play threat with 46 receptions for 826 lawns, approximately 18 backyards per reception, and a team-leading 6 goals.

If you require more evidence that the Outdoor camping World Bowl could be a high-scoring affair, both teams rank beyond the leading 100 nationally in passing lawns permitted per video game.

Here’s a take a look at a few of the statistical strengths and gamers to look for both teams.



Points per game: 40.8 (10th)

Rushing backyards per game: 207 (30th)

Passing lawns per video game: 261 (36th)

Basket kicking: 28-of-32 (87.5%) (8th)

Red zone conversion percentage: 88.4% (30th)


Turnover margin: +16 (3rd)

Turnovers required: 30 (fourth)

Challenger 3rd down conversion percentage: 28.1% (6th)

Opponent red zone conversion percentage: 76.6% (18th)

Gamers to watch

QB Eric Dungey– 2,565 passing backyards, 60.1%, 17 passing TD, 7 INT, 732 rushing backyards, 15 hurrying TD

RB Moe Neal– 827 hurrying backyards, 5.6 avg., 5 TD

WR Jamal Custis– 46 receptions, 826 receiving backyards, 18.0 avg., 6 TD

POUND Ryan Guthrie– 101 total deals with, 2.0 sacks

DE Alton Robinson– 39 overall tackles, 10.0 sacks, 3 required fumbles

DB Andre Cisco– 51 total tackles, nine passes deflected, 7 INT

West Virginia


Points per video game: 42.3 (9th)

Passing lawns per video game: 358 (3rd)

Third down conversion percentage: 44.9% (24th)

Fourth down conversion percentage: 69.2% (8th)

Touchdown portion in the red zone: 69.3% (26th)

Plays from scrimmage of at least 10 yards: 204 (24th)


Rushing yards enabled per game: 150 (49th)

Opponent third down conversion portion: 36.1% (37th)

Gamers to see

RB Kennedy McKoy– 729 rushing backyards, 5.7 avg., 7 TD

WR David Sills V– 61 receptions, 896 receiving yards, 15 TD

POUND David Long Jr.– 85 overall tackles, 6.0 sacks, four passes deflected, two required fumbles

S Josh Norwood– 59 overall takes on, 10 passes deflected

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