Final thoughts: Pitt-West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- We are approaching kickoff between Pitt and West Virginia. Here are a few final thoughts before the game starts:

Pitt might get a boost on the offensive line, which has struggled mightily this season. Right guard Lucas Nix is expected to play Friday night for the first time since injuring his knee against USF in September. He has missed five straight games, and Pitt has started three different players in his place. Nix was dressed and participated in pregame warmups.

A bunch of West Virginia records could be falling Friday. Among them:

  • Quarterback Geno Smith is 111 yards away from passing Marc Bulger for the most single-season passing yards in school history. Smith has 3,497 yards; Bulger had 3,607 in 1998.

  • Smith also is 291 yards shy of 7,000 for his career. He would become the fifth player in school history with 7,000 total yards of offense, joining Pat White, Bulger, Rasheed Marshall and Major Harris.

  • Receiver Stedman Bailey needs just 7 yards to break the single-season record for receiving yards, set by David Saunders in 1996.

  • Bailey also has an opportunity to match the school record for touchdown catches in a season. He currently has 10; the record is 12, held by Darius Reynaud (2007) and Chris Henry (2004).

  • Receiver Tavon Austin needs six receptions to break the single-season record of 77, set by Saunders in 1998.

  • West Virginia has won two straight in this series. Pitt leads overall 61-39-3. In West Virginia's last 15 wins in the series, the Mountaineers have scored 581 points -- an average of 38.7 per game.