WVU defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel seems to be searching everywhere for linebacker support for standout Najee Goode, who sparkled in the Cincinnati game. He's trying true freshman Jared Barber, among others. Pitt, though, is likewise trying to find support for weak-side linebacker Max Gruder, who is leading the team with 90 tackles. Kind of a tossup at this spot.
West Virginia is a solid winner in this comparison. Cornerback Keith Tandy, who has three interceptions, is leading a unit that's in the top 30 nationally in pass efficiency. Pittsburgh, led by sophomore cornerback K'Waun Williams, isn't bad in the statistic, but the unit is allowing 233 passing yards a game, while the Mountaineers are allowing 203. Pitt has six interceptions, while WVU has 10.
In a season marred by special teams gaffes, WVU's Tavon Austin has been a bright spot. He's one of the nation's top punt returners (averaging 14.83 yards). Pitt's Ronald Jones is averaging 7 punt return yards. WVU has been better in punt returns, kickoff returns, kick scoring, field goals and on-side kicks against. Pitt has been better in the punting game, kickoff coverage and PATs.