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CFB West Virginia at South Florida

September 28, 2007

College Football - (5) West Virginia Mountaineers at (18) South Florida Bulls 8:00 PM EST

The Mountaineers are currently a 7-point road favorite, with the game total set at a lofty 56 at the majority of online sportsbooks.

South Florida (3-0) opens Big East Conference play on Friday night against offensive powerhouse West Virginia (4-0).

South Florida has covered each of their last six home games and five of their last six games versus a team with a winning record. 

Steve Slaton, RB for WVUWest Virginia has won 12 of the last 13 away games and 7-1 ATS. The Mountaineers have a potent offense that averages 525.0 yards per game and 47.3 points per game, but that number drops to 39.5 on the road.

South Florida will try to combat West Virginia's lethal rushing attack with a nasty rush defense that surrenders just 79 rushing yards per game.

Just last season, WVU could only manage 132 rushing yards against S. Florida in a 24-19 upset. With all of this in mind, it is surprising that only 23% of the early bettors are backing S. Florida (+7) at

South Florida upset West Virginia last year, 24-19, limiting Slaton to a season-low 43 rushing yards which knocked them out of BCS contention.

The Mountaineers are 4-0 this season, scoring 47.3 ppg and running the ball for 355.6 ypg.

The Bulls have covered three of the last four games as a home dog. South Florida is also 3-0 this year with a big 26-23 win at Auburn.

USF has a +6 turnover ratio in the last two games, with six total interceptions. The 18th-ranked Bulls currently have a top-25 ranking for the first time in school history. They are 11-2 at home since joining the Big East Conference in 2005.

5th ranked West Virginia is coming off an impressive 48-7 home victory against East Carolina last week as a 24-point favorite. Quarterback Pat White completing 18-of-20 passes and added four touchdowns while RB Steve Slaton rushed for 110 yards as the Mountaineers had 600 yards of total offense. 

Key Stats
West Virginia has scored an average of 47.3 ppg, while giving up 17.0 ppg this season. South Florida has scored 30.3 and has given up 15.3.
Key Trends
West Virginia is 3-1 ATS this season. 19-8 ATS on the road off a win by 21+ points. 12-1 SU in the last 13 games on the road. 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road. 5-0 SU in the last 5 games.

South Florida is 2-0 ATS this season. 5-0 SU in the last 5 games at home.

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