Pitt goes to Morgantown Saturday with a 3-3 record in the conference and a 4-5 record overall and hopes of winning out and making a bowl game. WVU is 1-5 in the conference and 3-7 overall and is coming off a 17-14 upset loss to Temple at home last Saturday. Rasheed Marshall a local kid from Brashear who is a redshirt freshman, will start for WVU. He has a strong arm and is an excellent athlete and is a threat to score whether he is passing or running. Avon Cobourne, an excellent running back, leads the WVU running attack. He is 245 for 1,234 and 9 TD's this season. He averages 5.0 yards per carry and is the #2 rated RB in the Big East. WVU has 3 very good WR's in AJ Nastasi, Antonio Brown and Shawn Terry. Shawn Terry is also the best kickoff returner in the Big East and he is a threat to score on any return. WVU has a solid offense as they proved against Syracuse as they almost totally shut them down. They are led by linebackers Kyle Kayden and Grant Wiley who are excellent against the run. Antwan Lake and David Upchurch are two solid DT's that help against the run also. Shawn Hackett and Rick Sherrod are two experienced safties who if you remember did a lot of trash talking before the Pitt game last year, and spent most of the game getting run over by Kevan Barlow and getting burnt by Bryant and company.
As you know, anything can happen in the backyard brawl and records usually don't mean that much. WVU would like nothing more than to beat Pitt and ruin their chances for a bowl game. This will be the last game for WVU's seniors and that is always an added incentive to win, plus Vegas only has Pitt favored by 2.5 points, and they usually know what they are talking about. If you're a Pitt fan, you should try to make it to this game. Plenty of tickets will be available on game day and it's a short drive to WVU's stadium. If Pitt can keep from turning the ball over and keep Cobourne and Marshall in check, they should be able to pull out a win.