South Florida Bulls (3-2) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1)
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:30PM EST
Line: West Virginia -10.5
West Virginia bounced back from their six-point loss to LSU with a dominating victory against UNLV last week. The Mountaineers looked sensational against the Rebels, with offensive leaders in Geno Smith and Noel Devine. The two players scored five combined touchdowns to help prove this team is still a contender. South Florida is coming off a low-scoring, 13-9, loss to Syracuse last week.
Keys to the Game:
- Quarterback Geno Smith had a field day connecting with his leading receiver Brad Starks last week. Smith and Starks connected for a total of three touchdowns through the air, with Starks receiving for a total of 100 yards.
- South Florida had trouble defeating Syracuse because of the pressure put on quarterback B.J. Daniels throughout the game. Daniels’ play has been slowing down as of late, but in his last game he threw two interceptions and wasn’t allowed to scramble one yard. The sophomore has thrown for 684 yards and four touchdowns so far this season.
- West Virginia’s sizzling defense is seventh in the nation, allowing 13.6 points by opponents this season. It looks like their offense has been able to get in tune since their tough loss at LSU.
West Virginia is the strong favorite in this game, they will look to play their finest game in this crucial Big East meeting. The team has been able to find success in passing the ball and rushing as of late, look for them to continue this play while playing at Mountaineer Field.
Free Pick: West Virginia -10.5