Old Big East Conference rivals West Virginia and Syracuse will be matched up in rather unlikely circumstances in the New Era Pinstripe bowl on Dec. 29.
The two Big East deserters sit at 7-5, with WVU already in its new league and the Orange on their way out before the start of the 2013 season.
It is a disappointing outcome for West Virginia, which was once ranked in the Top 5 with BCS aspirations. The team's offensive leaders Geno Smith and Tavon Austin were both expected to be in New York at season's end—but for the Heisman Trophy presentation, not the Pinstripe Bowl.
Nonetheless, WVU will take on a Syracuse team that has looked excellent at times, challenging USC and defeating SEC foe Missouri. However, the Orange have also fallen to Big Ten Conference opponents Northwestern and Minnesota and finished with a share of the Big East title, but on the wrong end of the tiebreaker at the top.
Now, these two familiar foes will square off in their season finale at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx:
h/t to Peter Davis for pointing out my mistake on Syracuse's Big East standing