USF faces a ranked team for the third consecutive week and fourth time this season. (Before 2009, it had never faced more than three in a season.) The Bulls previously won at Florida State and lost at home to Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh. USF hasn't lost consecutive home games since joining the Big East in 2005, a span of 26 games. West Virginia is the only school to lose twice to USF while ranked (No. 7 in 2006 and No. 5 in 2007).
What to watch for …
After missing six games with a sprained knee, Jamar Taylor rushed for 28 yards on five carries last week. He could give USF offensive balance and be a spark on kickoff returns. … West Virginia will look often to Jock Sanders, left, a St. Petersburg Catholic graduate who has 53 catches for 514 yards and two touchdowns. … Another St. Petersburg standout, Gibbs' Jerrell Young, could make his third career start, having recovered from a broken arm suffered in USF's opener. Last week, he had six tackles off the bench.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
USF vs. No. 20 West Virginia, 8 tonight. ESPN2; 970-AM