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West Virginia vs. Syracuse: Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib lead offenses

Syracuse's transformation on offense has Ryan Nassib and the Orange playing similar to Geno Smith and West Virginia, which may come as a surprise to Pinstripe Bowl viewers on Saturday.


Geno Smith of West Virginia and Ryan Nassib of Syracuse will lead their respective offensive units in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday knowing very well of how potent their opponents are as well as how alike they may be, via Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail.

As noted by Casazza, this isn't your Orange offense that relies on the running game in the present, but instead features a potent air attack led by quarterback Nassib that has the Orange throwing for more than 300 yards per game.

The similarities just begin there, though, as both units play an up-tempo style and have quarterbacks who take complete control of the game. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen agrees with the comparison.

"Syracuse has a great offense," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "That's been talked about a lot, but they're a lot more similar to us than what I remember a year ago."

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's ability to take control of the offense has him projected to be one of the top draft picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Nassib, meanwhile, has seen his draft stock rise significantly.

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