Depends on which B.J. Daniels shows up. The South Florida quarterback can be spectacular. He can also look terrible, as he did against Syracuse when he completed 9-of-23 passes and tossed interceptions. The safe bet, instead, is WVU's steady Geno Smith, who is outperforming Daniels in passing average (227.8-136.8 yards per game), passing efficiency (156.4-112.3) and total offense (236.2-174).
South Florida has developed a nice one-two punch via senior Moise Plancher and sophomore Demetris Murray. The latter is a nice up-and-coming runner. They are, in fact, the Big East's No. 8 and 7 rushers, respectively. The hope for West Virginia is star Noel Devine has fully recovered from a toe injury. He's averaging 95 yards a game, while power back Ryan Clarke is averaging 24.8. If Devine is fine, give this to the Mountaineers.
Normally this isn't a contest. South Florida usually wins here in a landslide. And even this year the Bulls probably have the game's marquee receiver in Dontavia Bogan, who has been hampered by injuries, yet still averages 57.8 yards per game. West Virginia, however, takes the prize via its depth, bolstered now by the emergence of Brad Starks, the heretofore invisible man who broke out against UNLV. Add him to Tavon Austin, Jock Sanders and Stedman Bailey...
Until last week, South Florida's strength had been its veteran offensive, led by senior center Sampson Genus. Coach Skip Holtz had been using it to gash opponents for 196.5 rushing yards a game. Then Syracuse held the Bulls to an average of 2.6 yards per rush. Also, USF has allowed 11 sacks. The Bulls, however, still have been rushing for more yards per game (176.2) than WVU (163). The Don Barclay-led Mountaineers, though, have only allowed six sacks.