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.

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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.