Syracuse heading to Camping World Bowl in Orlando, will meet West Virginia
The Syracuse Orange are headed to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
The ACC Football Twitter account made it known just after 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Orange will meet West Virginia out of the Big 12 Conference.
Syracuse and West Virginia is a rivalry that dates back to 1945, playing for the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy as former members of the Big East Conference.
The Orange leads the all-time series over the Mountaineers, 33-27.
The Mountaineers are led by Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier at quarterback, along with one of the best receiving corps in the nation in David Sills and Gary Jennings. Additionally, West Virginia features the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker David Long, Jr.
After plenty of debate and back-and-forth among the Syracuse fan base, along with conflicting media reports, the Orange landed in Orlando rather than the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York or the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso.
Syracuse had played twice in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl since 2010, and another trip to Yankee Stadium seemed to frustrate Orange fans throughout the days leading up to the bowl's final decision on Sunday.
Not to mention, Syracuse just played Notre Dame from Yankee Stadium in a regular season affair only a few weeks back.
The last time Syracuse played in a bowl game was during the 2013 season, when the Orange outlasted Minnesota in the Texas Bowl, 21-17.
"I think that these guys understand what we're playing for," Syracuse head coach Dino Babers explained during Sunday's press conference. "It's cool to go down to a bowl where we're going to experience and enjoy every part of that, but to have an opportunity to be a football team that goes double digits with 10 wins, that just doesn't happen very often. It kind of separates you from a lot of football teams. There's a big difference -- and it may only be a difference of one -- but there's a difference of not one game but one digit. It's a big difference between being a 9-win team and a 10-win team."
"I mean, we're honored to be in this position," Orange senior quarterback Eric Dungey said genuinely. "The senior class, especially, we're very happy making a bowl game -- especially a bowl game this caliber. We're very excited for the opportunity to go against one of the best teams in the nation."
The Camping World Bowl game will be held from Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Friday, December 28 at 5:15 p.m.
Tickets for the 2018 Camping World Bowl can be purchased by clicking here.