West Virginia vs. South Florida Live Blog: Analysis, Game Notes, Reactions

Michael CarvelliContributor IOctober 14, 2010

West Virginia wide receiver Brad Starks is looking to build off of his three touchdown performance against UNLV when the No. 25 Mountaineers take on South Florida on Thursday.
West Virginia wide receiver Brad Starks is looking to build off of his three touchdown performance against UNLV when the No. 25 Mountaineers take on South Florida on Thursday.

Tonight, the No. 25 West Virginia Mountaineers will start their Big East schedule with a nationally-televised contest against South Florida.

It should be an interesting game, considering the Bulls have been a thorn in the Mountaineers' side, holding them to less than 20 points in their last four matchups. Last year's 30-19 win over WVU made the Bulls 3-1 against them in their last four meetings.

I'm Michael Carvelli, one of Bleacher Report's WVU Featured Columnists, and a WVU football beat writer for EerSports.com. I'll be live blogging the game tonight from the comfy confines of the press box at Milan Puskar Stadium at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.

Any questions or comments can either be submitted down in the comments section below or sent to me on Twitter @Carvelli3.

 

PREGAME NOTES

  • Running back Noel Devine (foot) and Josh Jenkins (knee) are both expected to be in the starting lineup against the Bulls.
  • The game is expected to be a defensive battle as both the Mountaineers (seventh) and South Florida (18th) are ranked in the top 20 nationally in total defense.
  • The WVU defense will be looking to stop BJ Daniels, the guy who killed them last season. In 2009, Daniels threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns and ran for an additional 104.
  • South Florida defensive coordinator Mark Snyder is the only coach that West Virginia will play this year that has a clue of what Geno Smith can do. Snyder was the head coach at Marshall last season, a game in which Smith played all but four or five snaps after Jarrett Brown went down with an injury.

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