Printed on: December 29, 2012

Forecast is for snow, scoring in NYC


ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK -- West Virginia and Syracuse play today 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," Marrone said. "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."

Pinstripe Bowl GlanceWest Virginia (7-5)

vs. Syracuse (7-5)

Time: 1:15 p.m. (ESPN) at Yankee Stadium, New York.

Line: West Virginia 3 1/2.

Series Record: Syracuse 32-27.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Mountaineers are trying to wrap up a season that started great (5-0), went sour (five-game losing streak), then ended on the upswing (two straight victories) with their first bowl victory as a member of the Big 12. It will come, oddly, against a member of their old conference. At least for now. The Orange began their last season in the Big East 1-3 before closing strong and sharing the conference title.

KEY MATCHUP

QB Geno Smith and WRs Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin and against Syracuse's pass defense and veteran secondary. The Orange rank 63rd in the nation in sacks and 65th in yards passing allowed.