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Showdown in the Bronx - Charleston Gazette
Syracuse presents WVU with different look
Maximize The Moment - BGN
Take advantage of opportunities. It’s the Mountaineers' mantra as West Virginia readies for the Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse.
Syracuse vs. West Virginia 2012 Pinstripe Bowl preview - SI.com
Syracuse vs. West Virginia 2012 Pinstripe Bowl preview: Geno Smith will lead Mountaineers past Orange in shootout at Yankee Stadium.
Pinstripe Bowl forecast calls for snow and scoring - FOX Sports on MSN
West Virginia and Syracuse play Saturday at Yankee Stadium in a matchup of former Big East rivals and NFL prospect quarterbacks.
WVU gets Big Apple-tunity in Pinstripe Bowl - Pitsburgh Tribune Review
This has been a season like no other for West Virginia‘s 7-5 football team.
Mitch Vingle's matchups - Charleston Gazette
Pinstripe Bowl analysis
Bits and Bytes: Pinstripe Bowl - BGN
West Virginia tries to snap a two-game skid to Syracuse in the third annual Pinstripe Bowl.
Countdown to Kickoff - WVU Athletics
WVU, Syracuse to battle today.
VIDEO: Watch WVi's Pinstripe Bowl Special - WVillustrated
We bring you a very special thirty minutes highlighting the Mountaineers trip to New York City for the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl.
VIDEO: Pinstripe Bowl News Conference - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen and Doug Marrone met with the media for the final time before the Pinstripe Bowl
WVU, Syracuse set to renew rivalry in Pinstripe Bowl - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Orange have won last two meetings
New Era Pinstripe Bowl keys - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Let's take a look at three keys for victory for West Virginia in today's New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl keys - Big East Blog - ESPN
Here are three keys for Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
Pregame: New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) versus Syracuse (7-5, 5-2 Big East):
WVU, Syracuse Coaches Not Concerned About Weather Forecast - WVillustrated
The Pinstripe Bowl could see some steady snow throughout the game. Both Head Coaches shared their thoughts on whether or not the weather will be a factor.
West Virginia, Syracuse coaches downplay bad weather - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A winter storm is forecast for today, and two to four inches could fall by the time the Pinstripe Bowl kicks off at 3:15 p.m.
Weather or not, time to play ball - Charleston Gazette
Friday would have been a great day to play a football game at Yankee Stadium.
WVU looks to finish strong in Pinstripe Bowl - Times West Virginian
today’s 3:15 p.m. Pinstripe Bowl game against Syracuse has taken on mammoth proportions because it is one of those rare minor bowl games with a purpose.
Finding incentive at the Pinstripe Bowl - WV MetroNews
The coaches addressed the motivating factors during Friday’s press conference at Yankee Stadium, where both teams made their walk-throughs.
WVU QB has third chance to beat blitzing Syracuse - Charleston Daily Mail
"They blitz non-stop," Smith said. "There's no rhyme or reason for it. They send five guys over one side at a time. It's really unsound football, but that's the way they play."
Patterson Hopes to Disrupt Syracuse - WVU Athletics
Creating long yardage situations on third down a key.
On friends and foes - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
"No," Smith said. "He would like to be my friend. He can’t be my friend."
Jeff Braun has got this, you guys. OK? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
True story: Jeff Braun has replaced Joey Madsen once before and Josh Jenkins was the left guard there to help him out with things
Many WVU bowl wins qualify as upsets - Times West Virginian
The victims were favored and, in some cases, ranked among the nation’s elite.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Orange up there with biggest rivals - Times West Virginian
other than Pitt there is no other school in the country that has a richer football history and tie-in with West Virginia than the Orange.
Mountaineers, Orange share long history - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The two former Big East rivals have played 59 times since first getting together at New York’s Archbold Stadium in 1945
Last Call - WVU Athletics
Geno Smith makes his final appearance as a Mountaineer on Saturday.
Comparing the quarterbacks - WV MetroNews
Check out the dazzling numbers in the graphic above and settle in Saturday for a pass-happy parade.
Syracuse QB Nassib remains under radar - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib doesn't grab national headlines like West Virginia's Geno Smith has throughout his career.
Where To Watch:
The 25 best college football GIFs of 2012 - SBNation.com
At least 3 Mountaineers featured here
My NFL predictions for 2013 - SI.com
Check out his prediction for Offensive Rookie of the Year
Around the League (and Beyond):
What's On Tap:
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 3:15 pm today from Yankee Stadium on ESPN. WVU is giving 3.5.
Texas Longhorns vs. Oregon State Beavers - Preview - ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl, 6:45 pm this evening from the Alamodome. Horns are getting 3.5.
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Michigan State Spartans - Preview - ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 10:15 pm tonight from Sun Devil Stadium. Frogs are giving 2.5.
Video of Interest:
Tony Caridi and Dwight Wallace look ahead to Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl game against Syracuse
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