LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (3-5, 0-3) AT WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS (6-2, 2-1)
Game Time: Noon
Location: Mountaineer Field at Milan-Puskar Stadium: Morgantown, W. Va.
Television: Big East Network/WHAS-11
Announcers: Mike Gleason/John Congemi
Favorite: West Virginia by 17.5
All-Time Series: West Virginia leads 8-2
Last Meeting: West Virginia won 35-21 last year
Excitement Level: 3.2
.07 of that is because I really don't like West Virginia, 2.5 of it is Stein Fever.
Pregame Meal: Waffles and coffee
Kragtastic Prediction: We commit a penalty none of us have ever heard of before for the third time this season.
Predicted Star of the Game: Darius Ashley
Shines in an otherwise dismal offensive performance
--Louisville has not beaten West Virginia in Morgantown since 1990.
--Louisville is ranked last in the Big East in scoring offense (20.3), pass efficiency offense (117.69), sacks allowed (3.0), scoring defense (27.6), total defense (371.8), rushing defense (147.4), sacks (1.75) and tackles for losses (5.0).
-- West Virginia has failed to score just four times in 32 red-zone opportunities this year. Twenty two of the 28 scores have been touchdowns.
--"It's about finishing up strong. We know what's in front of us with these four Big East games, and we're trying to win this conference. We know if we take care of business, we'll be in good shape." --Chris Neild
--"When you're in the Big East, they are all trap games. You let your guard down, then you are going to get beat."--Bill Stewart
--"They get after it, man – they love football! They love playing football there. They love coaching football there. They love watching football there. It’s a great football place. I’ve had friends that have gone to school there. And it’s a great football town." --Steve "Football" Kragthorpe
--"They have a rabid fan base. They all have good arms — whether they are right-handed or left-handed, they all throw those batteries extremely well. They are very accurate." --Steve Kragthorpe
CC Prediction: West Virginia 38, Louisville 13
Yeah, BUT, last year it was so cold.