Some of the first words West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez used this week in describing Saturday’s opponent, Mississippi State, were interesting ones, to say the least.
“Defensively, they look a lot like South Florida as far as their speed goes.”
You know what that means — no, not bad snaps, six turnovers, 3.9 yards per carry and a season-wrecking loss. Rather, it’s fast defensive ends, mobile defensive tackles and linebackers and safeties who can run to the ball, both vertically and horizontally, and make a tackle.
Rodriguez wasn’t alone in his assessment, either.
“I think South Florida may have found the answer,” said MSU coach Sylvester Croom, who laughed when asked if his staff has spent a lot of time this week looking at the South Florida game tapes. “It’s interesting. … I’m not going to tell you anything about that [sic] we’ve seen, but it is interesting.”