West Virginia, November, warm?
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Believe me, it's cold here tonight. Low 40s, good and chilly.
But by noon Saturday, it should be unseasonably warm at Milan Puskar Stadium, with an afternoon high of 65 degrees, the kind that should make the Bulls think they're back in Tampa.
The local paper here, the Dominion-Post, has a front-page story in its sports section on USF quarterback Matt Grothe. Just as we wrote a midweek feature on West Virginia's vaunted running game, the paper here is raving about Grothe, calling him "part Tyler Palko, part Patrick White and part unprecedented." I'd offer a link, but the paper requires a subscription to access their content, so you just have to take my word for it.
Looking through the Big East statistics, there's little to challenge Grothe for Big East Freshman of the Year honors. Connecticut running back Donald Brown and Pittsburgh receiver Oderick Turner have had good freshman seasons, but neither has played as big a role in his team's success as Grothe. My curiosity, then, is how USF will be represented on the All-Big East team -- surely linebackers Stephen Nicholas and/or Ben Moffitt will be there, but I'm not sure if anyone else will. Pittsburgh's H.B. Blades is a safe bet, and I'd think Nicholas will get the nod as another one of the three linebackers, with Moffitt getting second-team honors. I'd think Trae Williams could make first team, as he has two more interceptions than anyone else in the Big East, though other corners probably have a stronger reputation within the league.