USF needs a win to be bowl-eligible, and West Virginia can earn a share of the Big East crown with a win, and potentially a BCS bowl berth. Expect some points — these two defenses were the Big East's worst in conference play, with USF allowing 28.0 points per game and West Virginia even higher at 29.2. These are also the league's top two offenses in yards in conference play, with WVU at 445.2 and USF at 406.8. Having said that, USF has held WVU to 20 points or fewer five years in a row, with three wins in that span.
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West Virginia QB Geno Smith is somehow the third straight passer from Miami to face the Bulls, and USF must contain him better than it did Miami's Jacory Harris or Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. That's no easy task, as Smith has thrown for 3,741 yards, with 25 touchdowns against just five interceptions. USF's offensive success may hinge on whether QB B.J. Daniels can return from the shoulder injury that sidelined him last week; backup Bobby Eveld would need a big game — and help from RBs Darrell Scott and Demetris Murray — to keep up with West Virginia's offense.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer