Wednesday, October 13
#16 West Virginia at Connecticut (ESPN)
West Virginia looks to get back on track after losing big to Virginia Tech. Their best offensive player may be wide receiver Chris Henry, another big guy (6-5) who fits the profile of an NFL wide receiver. The Mountaineers boast a solid offensive line, so check out senior guard Jeff Berk and junior offensive tackle Travis Garrett. Defensively, West Virginia's best prospects are on the line where end Jason Hardee and tackle Ben Lynch are to guys to pay attention to.
This is a big game for Connecticut as they continue to try to prove they belong at the Division I level. This will be their first home game against a ranked team, and they should be fired up. The big name is quarterback Dan Orlovsky. His status as a potential top prospect has put him under the microscope and this game against a ranked team should shed some light on how good he is. One reason he puts up such good numbers is his offensive line. LT Ryan Krug, LG Brian Markowski, and C Billy Irwin are all seniors who should be drafted in April. Krug is on the Outland Trophy watch list, Markowski has 35 starts under his belt and Irwin made the Rimington watch list for centers. Defensively, weakside linebacker Maurice Lloyd has led the Huskies in tackles each of the last two seasons, and is on the Nagurski watch list.
Pictured: UConn QB Dan Orlovsky jokes with LT Ryan Krug(AP)