The percentage numbers of WVU quarterback Geno Smith, understandably, dipped a bit after the LSU game. In fact, Bowling Green's quarterback, Matt Schilz, enters the game with a better efficiency rating of 167.5 to Smith's 146.05. But Smith has thrown 49 more passes and is averaging 367.8 yards a game to Schilz's 292.2. Plus, the completion percentages are almost identical.
One has to keep in mind the teams' competition when making a call here. All of the main runners in the game will be freshmen. WVU's No. 1 rusher is Vernard Roberts, averaging 30.2 yards, while Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison are averaging 29.3 and 16.2, respectively. Bowling Green freshman Anthon Samuel, meanwhile, is averaging a surprising 107 yards. However, pedigree will show.
There are no BG receivers near the talent level of WVU's Tavon Austin, who has 31 catches and is averaging 105.8 yards per game. Keep an eye out, though, for Eugene Cooper and Kamar Jorden. The latter has more catches (26), but the former is averaging 93.5 yards per game. WVU's stable, however, is rock solid with Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney, in addition to Austin.
Bowling Green's rushing attack has been much improved over last season and the offensive line gets much of the credit. Left tackle Ben Bojicic, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound senior, is an absolute stud. The line is pushing for an average of 164.8 rushing yards. WVU, led by Don Barclay, is averaging 76.5. But the Mountaineers have been going against Maryland and LSU. The Falcons got much versus Morgan State.