College football’s bowl season is almost here, and ESPN already has its prediction for every matchup, including an intriguing showdown between West Virginia and Syracuse.
The Mountaineers own an 8-3 record, as Will Grier looks to finish his collegiate career with a victory. The Orange have a surprising 9-3 record under Dino Babers, and the only blowout loss came against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium.
With both programs ready to battle in the Camping World Bowl, expect a high-scoring matchup.
Here is ESPN’s prediction:
A Big East rivalry is renewed with two fun-loving coaches — Dana Holgorsen and Dino Babers — who love to sling the ball around. Senior quarterbacks Will Grier (WVU) and Eric Dungey (Syracuse) both put up big numbers but Grier and his receivers will be the difference in a high-scoring game.
Prediction: West Virginia 48, Syracuse 45
West Virginia and Syracuse are set to kick off at 5:15 p.m. ET on Dec. 28.
The game will be on ESPN.