West Virginia vs Syracuse 2018 Camping World Bowl Odds & Analysis

West Virginia vs Syracuse 2018 Camping World Bowl Odds & Analysis

Written by on December 26, 2018

Two of the most surprising teams in college football this season battle it out at Camping World Stadium in the 2018 Camping World Bowl on Friday, Dec. 28. The West Virginia Mountaineers we’re in the hunt for a CFP bid until late in the season. The Syracuse Orange almost upset Clemson and looked good beating some decent teams. Who takes one of the more competitive bowl matchups?

West Virginia vs Syracuse 2018 Camping World Bowl Odds & Analysis

  • When: Friday, Dec. 28 at 5:15 pm ET
  • Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: West Virginia / Syracuse
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • ATS Odds: Syracuse -1.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 67 (-110)

Weather Forecast

  • Mostly Cloudy: 25°C/77°F
  • Humidity: 74%
  • Precipitation: 24%
  • Wind: 9 mph SSE
  • Cloud Cover: 74%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why West Virginia Mountaineers are a good bet +1.5?

Although quarterback Will Grier and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste won’t play to prepare for the NFL Draft, the West Virginia Mountaineers are deep enough to overcome their absences. It’s all about the system at WVU. The system has created an offense that averages over 520 yards and over 42 points per game. The system has also led to a defense that gives up less than 27 points per game on average. The Mountaineers will beat Syracuse even though they’re without 2 key players.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 42.3
  • Total Yards: 520.4
  • Pass Yards: 358.1
  • Rush Yards: 162.3
  • Average Score Against: 26.5
  • Total Yards: 405.5
  • Pass Yards: 254.6
  • Rush Yards: 150.8

Why #20 Syracuse Orange are a good bet -1.5?

Syracuse wasn’t supposed be as good as they were. The Orange headed into their Sep. 29 battle with mighty Clemson undefeated. As a +24 road dog, most thought Syracuse might be exposed. They weren’t. Instead, the Orange hung with Clemson to the very end, only losing by 4 points, 23-27 on Sep. 29. Syracuse battled Notre Dame tough until starting quarterback Eric Dungey went down. Losses to both CFP participating teams signals how good the Syracuse Orange are.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 40.8
  • Total Yards: 471.8
  • Pass Yards: 261.5
  • Rush Yards: 210.2
  • Average Score Against: 27.8
  • Total Yards: 426.8
  • Pass Yards: 263
  • Rush Yards: 163.8

2018 Camping World Bowl Betting Trends for West Virginia vs Syracuse

  • West Virginia is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • West Virginia is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 5 games
  • Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Syracuse is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Syracuse’s last 7 games

West Virginia vs Syracuse Final 2018 Camping World Bowl Analysis:

The Mountaineers limp into the Camping World Bowl having lost two straight:  41-45 to Oklahoma State and 56-59 to Oklahoma. The loss to Oklahoma was impressive because the Sooners got a bid to the College Football Playoff. But, the fact that Cajuste and Grier decided to skip the Camping World Bowl means this game isn’t all that important. WVU expected to play for the Big 12 Championship. Their bowl game’s a sign that they failed, not that they succeeded this season. For Syracuse, the Camping World Bowl’s a sign they succeeded. Syracuse will play like the team that wants to be here, not the team that expected more. 2018 Camping World Bowl Pick: Syracuse Orange -1.5