Defenses on display in Big East showdown

When two explosive offenses meet, one word comes to mind: shootout. But in the case of Louisville and West Virginia, the defenses are ranked just as highly, writes Joe Starkey.

Updated: November 2, 2006, 10:54 AM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com

It's perfectly logical to predict a touchdown festival when No. 3 West Virginia visits No. 5 Louisville on Thursday (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET).

Why wouldn't you?

The two teams -- both 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big East -- have combined to average nearly 80 points and 1,000 yards per game. In their most recent meeting, on Oct. 15 last season, they nearly killed the scoreboard operator, ringing up 90 points and 849 yards in WVU's 46-44 triple-overtime victory.

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