Football: WVU Ranked in Both Polls
- By John Antonik
- November 27, 2011 03:00 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia jumps three spots to 20th in this week’s USA Today coaches’ poll and also re-enters the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 22, both polls released earlier today.
West Virginia is the only Big East team in the AP poll; Cincinnati is 25th in this week's coaches' poll.
The Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2) overcame a 20-7 third-quarter deficit to defeat Pitt 21-20 last Friday night in the 104th Backyard Brawl in Morgantown. It was West Virginia’s third straight victory over the Panthers and the 15th in the last 22 meetings versus the Panthers dating back to 1990.
West Virginia’s BCS bowl hopes also remain alive after Cincinnati’s 30-13 victory at Syracuse last Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers can claim the Big East’s BCS bowl spot with a victory over USF on Thursday night in Tampa, coupled with a Cincinnati win over Connecticut on Saturday. That would cause a three-way tie for first place in the Big East standings with Louisville, which finished its regular season with a 5-2 league record following a 34-24 win at South Florida last Friday afternoon.
Rutgers also had a shot of claiming a share of the league title before losing to Connecticut last Saturday.
The Mountaineers will face USF on Thursday night in Tampa in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. The Bulls (5-6) need a victory over West Virginia to become bowl eligible.
West Virginia’s last triumph at South Florida came in 2005, which was also the last time the Mountaineers posted an undefeated Big East record. In its last two games at USF, West Virginia lost 30-19 in 2009 and 21-13 in 2007.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
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