West Virginia is two wins away from clinching at least a share of the Big East title, and could even participate in a Bowl Championship Series game the way they have been playing. The Mountaineers rolled over Pittsburgh in last week's "Backyard Brawl," 51-31. Stud tailback Quincy Wilson rushed for 206 yards and four scores.
Meanwhile, Syracuse is coming off a heart-breaking 17-10 loss to Miami. The Orangemen took a 10-7 lead to halftime, but couldn't put together a drive in the second half, as the Hurricanes played just well enough to win.
Offensive Scouting Report: Without question, this offense is powered by the running game and Wilson (1228 rushing yards), who can break tackles at will. The offensive line has gotten progressively better through the season, and Chris Henry (677 receiving yards) has been the go-to receiver in the spread offense. Quarterback Rasheed Marshall is a threat to pass (1280 yards, 11 touchdowns) and run (228 yards, three touchdowns).
Defensive Scouting Report: West Virginia senior linebacker Grant Wiley is as good a linebacker as you'll find in the Big East. Wiley, who has notched 131 tackles this season, is coming off 15 tackles and an intercepted pass against Pittsburgh, and will have the task of trying to slow down Syracuse back Walter Reyes.
Notes and Quotes: Damien Rhodes (ankle) and Jameel Dumas (knee) will not play against West Virginia. … West Virginia's only two Big East losses in the past two seasons have come against Miami. The Mountaineers' Big East record during that time: 10-2. … "My biggest concern is that we are ready to play against the no-huddle, hurry-up style of offense. We have to be lined up when they snap the ball." – Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni on the Mountaineers' hurry-up offense.
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