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Pinstripe Bowl Game Preview: WVU vs. Syracuse -

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 -
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):

Other Features:

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:

Pinstripe Bowl Game Watches Across the Country! - BGN

Jus Becuz:

The 25 best college football GIFs of 2012 -
At least 3 Mountaineers featured here

My NFL predictions for 2013 -
Check out his prediction for Offensive Rookie of the Year

Around the League (and Beyond):

2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas final score: Texas Tech wins on game-ending field goal -

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

Miss Throwdown:

Come on now. Those that have been around a while know me well enough to know that I wouldn't miss a chance to feature the future Mrs. WVUIE97 during bowl week. Today's Miss Throwdown is my muse from South Africa. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Candice Swanepoel.