No longer part of the national rankings, the West Virginia Mountaineers must again earn respect this weekend as they challenge the 23rd- ranked Cincinnati Bearcats in Big East Conference play at Paul Brown Stadium in Ohio.
Not only are the Mountaineers on the outside looking in when it comes to national recognition, the team is now locked in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings at 2-2 with the likes of Pittsburgh and Connecticut. Last week, WVU got caught up in a high-scoring affair with Louisville at home and wasn't able to keep up, eventually dropping a 38-35 final in Morgantown. The defeat was the second in the last three outings for a WVU program which is now 6-3 overall.
As for the Bearcats, they were locked up in a similar type of battle with the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road the same day, but in their case they were able to squeak by with a 26-23 triumph, marking the team's sixth straight win and the seventh in eight tries this season. A perfect 3-0 in conference play, the Bearcats are the only team in the Big East yet to experience a league loss.
Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, Nov 12, 2011
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
TV channel: ABC
Spread: Cincinnati favored by 4.
Series history: West Virginia leads, 15-3-1.
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