Horrible Heinz: Chewed-up turf awaits W.Va., Pitt

By Alan Robinson

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 24 2010 3:35 p.m. MST

PITTSBURGH — Several Oakland Raiders players called it a sandpit. By the time the West Virginia-Pitt rivalry game kicks off, it might resemble the fabled Church Pew bunkers at nearby Oakmont Country Club.

Large strips of sand were visible beneath Heinz Field's notoriously bad grass surface following Sunday's Raiders-Steelers game, especially the heavily used area at midfield between the 40-yard lines.

While the field is covered, more than an inch of rain is predicted before the Backyard Brawl game on Friday that will be televised nationally by ABC.

A bad field and bad weather can be a terrible combination, but neither the Mountaineers nor the Panthers appear worried the field will affect the outcome of a game that could determine the Big East Conference's BCS representative.

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