2018 Camping World Bowl: Syracuse vs. West Virginia
West Virginia is making its record-tying fifth appearance in the 2018 Camping World Bowl, currently a 1.5-point favorite to top Syracuse. The line opened at a touchdown, but adjusted to its status as of publication after Mountaineers’ star QB Will Grier announced he will miss the game to prepare for entry into the NFL.
The Camping World Bowl is the successor of the Blockbuster Bowl. Founded in 1990, the event has improved significantly over the years. The current tie-in pits the top team from the ACC against the No.2 from the Big 12, outside of College Football Playoff considerations.
Results Last 20 Years
|1998||Miami (FL)||N.C. State||46-23||-7||N/A||W||N/A|
|2007||Boston College||Michigan St.||24-21||-4.5||56||L||U|
|2010||N.C. State||W. Virginia||23-7||2.5||49||W||U|
|2011||Florida St.||Notre Dame||18-14||-3.5||46.5||W||U|
|2016||Miami (FL)||W. Virginia||31-14||-3||58.5||W||U|
|2017||Oklahoma St.||Virginia Tech||30-21||-6||60.5||W||U|
Camping World Bowl Key Betting Numbers (Since 1998 Unless Noted)
Average Victory Margin: 19.0
Average Line: -2.5
Favorite ATS: 9-11
Average Total: 54.6 (since 2006)
O/U Record: 2-10 (since 2006)
O/U Margin: -10.9
Largest Underdog Upset: Clemson (+5) 40, Oklahoma 6 (2014)
Largest Spread: N.C. State -12 (2003)
Largest Rout: Illinois 63, Virginia 21 (1999)
Camping World Bowl Summary & Trends
The game winner is 18-2 ATS, topping the number by 16.5 points per game.
The loser averages 16.6 points.
Since 2003, 11 of the 15 SU and ATS winners tally more passing yards on the season than their opponents entering the contest. Syracuse posts 261.5 yards through the air versus 358.1 for West Virginia.
Conference H2H: ACC vs. Big 12
Since 1980, the ACC has kicked off the slight betting favorite in Big 12 matchups with a -1.2 average line. It is 40-32 SU (55.6 percent) and 37-35 ATS (51.4 percent) in this span. The ACC has won 10 of 19 bowl games, including nine as the betting underdog.
Syracuse Orange (9-3 SU, 9-3 ATS)
Bowl Record: 15-9-1 SU, 12-5-1 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Dino Babers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
This is Dino Babers’ first bowl game with Syracuse. He won his lone postseason appearance as a 2.5-point underdog coaching Bowling Green to a 33-28 victory over South Alabama in the 2014 Camellia Bowl.
Syracuse vs. Big 12
SU Record: 7-5
Average Margin: 1.0
ATS Record: 8-4
Average Line: 4.2
Since 1980, the Orange are 4-1 SU and ATS in head-to-head bowl matchups, covering a 2.0 average line by 9.2 points per game.
West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS)
Bowl Record: 15-21 SU, 7-21 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Dana Holgorsen (2-4 SU, 1-5 ATS)
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is a forgettable 1-5 ATS in bowl games, failing to cover a 0.9 average line by 3.5 points per game. A porous Mountaineers defense has allowed all but one opponent (Utah 2017) to surpass their projected team total. West Virginia has allowed 30 points or more (36.5 average) in each contest.
West Virginia vs. ACC (Since 1980)
SU Record: 25-27
Average Margin: -2.5
ATS Record: 16-35-1
Average Line: -2.9
Since 1989, West Virginia is 3-9 SU and 1-11 ATS in bowl matchups against ACC foes, coming up 8.0 points shy of the number (0.9). The program has won a pair of six tussles as the betting favorite.