Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 | 11 p.m.
The Rebels travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to play the Mountaineers at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Fresh off of dealing with UNR’s rushing attack, the UNLV defensive front seven will be tested once again by West Virginia running back Noel Devine.
Devine, a senior who has received significant playing time since his freshman year, is averaging 97 yards per game. An NFL team will likely select the speedy Devine in the early-to-mid rounds of next year’s draft.
But West Virginia is far from one-dimensional. Sophomore quarterback Geno Smith has found plenty of success through the air.
Smith is averaging 235 passing yards per game and has nine touchdowns compared with two interceptions.
The Mountaineers should be well rested for their contest against the Rebels after a bye week. It came at the perfect time, as West Virginia engaged in a physical battle with LSU two weeks ago.
The Mountaineers played tough the entire game, but couldn’t escape the bayou with a victory. LSU won 20-14 to hand West Virginia its first defeat of the season.
The Mountaineers have looked vulnerable at times this season. They trailed in-state rival Marshall (1-3) for the entire game despite being two-touchdown favorites, but pulled out a win in overtime.