SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Orange are headed to Orlando!
Head coach Dino Babers and the Syracuse football team will play No. 15 West Virginia in the 2018 Camping World Bowl on Friday, Dec. 28. This will be Syracuse's second appearance in the Camping World Bowl. The Orange played in an earlier iteration of the game in 2004 when it was known as the Champs Sports Bowl. The Camping World Bowl will kick off at 5:15 p.m. from Camping World Stadium and be televised on ESPN.
Tickets for the Syracuse fan section and Syracuse travel packages for the Camping World Bowl are available now at www.Cuse.com/CampingWorld. Tickets start at $79. All Syracuse University students are invited to purchase tickets for $25 (limit of four). As a thank you, all Syracuse University Student Elite Pass holders will be provided with a complimentary ticket. The ticket link for Syracuse University students will be sent to the student's official ticket syr.edu email address.
The Orange, who are 9-3 overall and 6-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, have maintained their position as the second-highest ranked ACC team in all six editions of this year's College Football Playoff (CFP) Top 25 behind No. 2 Clemson. In addition to today's No. 20 CFP ranking, the Orange are No. 17 in both the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll and the latest Amway Coaches poll. Syracuse's nine regular-season victories are its most since 2001.
The Orange have scored at least 40 points in eight of 12 games, including a school-record five 50-point games. Senior quarterback Eric Dungey is destined to leave Syracuse as one of the most statistically-accomplished players in program history. He currently holds or shares 17 school records.
Defensively, the Orange have forced at least one turnover in every game this season and own a streak of 13 consecutive games with a takeaway, which is the longest current streak in the ACC. Freshman Andre Cisco, who earned ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, has seven interceptions, which ties for first nationally in the FBS.
Placekicker Andre Szmyt, a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker, has scored a school-record 141 points, which ranks first nationally this season and third in ACC single-season history.
Syracuse has a 33-27 all-time record against West Virginia. The teams last played in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, a game won by the Orange, 38-14.
The 15th-ranked Mountaineers are 8-3 overall and tied for third in the Big 12 Conference with a 6-3 league mark. They are led by head coach Dana Holgorsen, and like Syracuse, feature a potent offense that ranks third nationally in passing (358.1 ypg), eighth in total offense (520.4 ypg), and ninth in scoring (42.3 ppg).
Syracuse has a rich bowl tradition. The Orange hold a 15-9-1 (.620) bowl record and have won the last three postseason games they have played, earning victories at the 2010 and 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowls against Kansas State and West Virginia, respectively, and the 2013 Texas Bowl against Minnesota. Syracuse's .620 bowl winning percentage is eighth-best all-time among teams with at least 15 bowl appearances.
Orange fans headed to the Camping World Bowl are invited to attend Syracuse's official alumni and fan pregame tailgate. Syracuse fans who are not able to attend the game in person are encouraged to cheer on the team at alumni watch parties across the country.
Fans with questions regarding tickets and travel packages are welcome to call the Syracuse Athletics Tickets Sales staff (888-DOME-TIX.) starting Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.
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