Thursday Night Bites: Lobster pot, ahoy!
• No. 22 West Virginia @ South Florida, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN: On paper, a couple weeks ago, this looked like fun. The conference's top rushing offense and top passing offense, colliding in primetime! B.J. Daniels by land, and Geno Smith by air, in Tampa by the sea! Daniels, however, has a traitorous shoulder that's decided to deprive all of us of our fun. He sat out last week's Bulls-Cardinals tilt and will reportedly be a game-time decision tonight. If the way Skip Holtz handled this injury last week is any indication, don't look to learn too much more from official school channels before kickoff.
What this will cost the Bulls: Daniels is the team's second-leading rusher. They've still got Darrell Scott, but he's only broken 100 yards once this season. That's good news for the 'Eers, who've been more giving against the run. In Daniels' stead if he's out: Sophomore Bobby Eveld, who's played in about half the games this season, largely on mop-up duty. His first start came last week against Louisville, and he threw for 210 yards, a touchdown and a pick versus the Cardinals. He's young, and WVU's pass defense is stingy. Your mileage may vary.
The Bulls might find better footing in chasing down Geno Smith. USF has a sterling sacks and tackles-for-loss record, and the Mountaineers have struggled quite a bit to protect Smith properly. Will a personnel shuffle on the O-line during last week's Backyard Brawl result in further success this week. All this seems to portend some scoring troubles for the Bulls if they can't get Maikon Bonani in field-goal range and some smoother sailing for WVU's scoring machine.Orange Bearcats