2018 Camping World Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
The 2018 Camping World Bowl has nothing at all to do with camping, but there’s plenty of cash involved, which is way better.
Down in Orlando, the West By God Virginia Mountaineers get a crack at the Syracuse Orange. Fans of crisp defense may want to look away from this one. The football will be flying and points will accumulate on the scoreboard like there’s a giveaway.
Which of these high-flying offensive teams is going to win?
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2018 Camping World Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Friday, December 28, 2018, 5:15pm ET (2:15pm PT)|
|Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida|
|Broadcast on ESPN|
|Appx. $5,800,000 payout (Link: College Football Poll)|
|West Virginia is a 1-point favorite|
2018 Camping World Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers
|8-3 (6-3 Big 12); tied for 3rd place in Big 12|
|Best Win: Texas|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 9th, Total Offense 8th, Rushing Offense 75th, 3rd Downs 25th, Time of Possession 95th, Turnover Margin 26th, Sacks Allowed 52nd, Red Zone 86th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 60th, Total Defense 74th, Rushing Defense 49th, Opponent 3rd Downs 37th, Sacks Per Game 65th, TFL Per Game 11th, Interceptions 28th, Opponent Red Zone 82nd|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 52nd, Punts Per Game 120th|
2018 Camping World Bowl: Syracuse Orange
|9-3 (6-2 ACC); 2nd in ACC Atlantic|
|Best Win: NC State|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 10th, Total Offense 16th, Rushing Offense 30th, 3rd Downs 61st, Time of Possession 47th, Turnover Margin 3rd, Sacks Allowed 94th, Red Zone 31st|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 73rd, Total Defense 91st, Rushing Defense 63rd, Opponent 3rd Downs 6th, Sacks Per Game 8th, TFL Per Game 27th, Interceptions 7th, Opponent Red Zone 18th-|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 8th, Punts Per Game 48th|
2018 Camping World Bowl: Head-to-Head
As Syracuse and West Virginia used to be in the Big East together, these two programs have an extensive history with one another. This will be the 61st all-time meeting between the Orange and Mountaineers.
Syracuse leads the all-time series, 33-27, winning the last three games in a row. Their last encounter was the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl, a game the Orange won 38-14. (Link: Winsipedia)
2018 Camping World Bowl: Pick
West Virginia kept up with some great teams this year, most notably the Oklahoma Sooners. Scoring points is not their problem. It’s stopping the other team.
Syracuse is qualified to exploit this. Eric Dungey had a terrific year at quarterback for the Orange and expect that to continue in the Camping World Bowl. What West Virginia wants to get is a team that succeeds running the ball, but this is going to be a pass-heavy slugfest.
How have we not mentioned Will Grier yet? Okay, we just did. Oh, and he’s skipping the bowl game to focus on the NFL. Why should we pick the ‘Eers at this point? At least Syracuse is suiting up their star player.