NEW YORK — The forecast for the Pinstripe Bowl calls for snow and scoring.
West Virginia and Syracuse play Saturday at Yankee Stadium in a matchup of former Big East rivals and NFL-prospect quarterbacks
Snow is expected to fall in the New York area throughout the day, with accumulations of about 3 inches. Maybe that will help the defenses slow down a couple of offenses that have been among the best in the country this season.
There are two factors that matter: It's wind and it's wet, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Friday during a news conference with Syracuse coach Doug Marrone at Yankee Stadium. Snow doesn't bother us much. If the wind's blowing that makes us miserable.
In that case the news should be good. The forecast calls for no more than light gusts of about 10 mph.
Marrone said his only concern was making sure there were enough shovels and workers on the field to clear the snow so the sideline and yard markers were visible.
I already went to Home Depot, chimed in Yankees executive Mark Holtzman, who is in charge of running the 3-year-old bowl.
In that case, let it snow.
That's what makes football fun, said Marrone, the Bronx native and Yankees fan who is in his fourth season has head coach of his alma mater. The only time you cancel a game is if there is lightning. Other than that the one thing we know for sure is we're playing.
And if West Virginia is playing that means points will be plentiful. The Mountaineers have scored at least 31 points 10 times this season. Six times in a West Virginia game, the losing team has scored at least 34 points.
Syracuse has shown it should be able to keep up. The Orange (7-5) averaged 36 points a game while winning five of their last six. Cold and snow shouldn't faze the Orange, but they remember, they do play in a dome.
You can say I'm used to this weather because I'm from Syracuse but a lot of times we don't play in this weather, quarterback Ryan Nassib said. When it's windy and the elements are bad you just have to make more careful reads.
Another high-scoring affair would be an appropriate way for West Virginia to finish what has been a wild first season in the Big 12 for the Mountaineers, who fled the Big East after last year.
The Mountaineers (7-5) won their first five games this year, including a 70-63 head-spinner against Baylor and a 48-45 thriller at Texas. At that point they were ranked fifth in the country, quarterback Geno Smith was the Heisman Trophy front-runner and Morgantown was rocking.
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