Monday, September 27, 2010

Big East Conference Roundup (Week 4)


We are four weeks into the college football schedule and shockingly the Orangemen of Syracuse University are atop the Big East standings. After another poor showing from around the conference this weekend Syracuse is now 3-1 overall and tied with West Virginia for 1st place.

Pittsburgh had a Thursday night match up at home against #19 Miami and put up an absolute dud. Miami held Pittsburgh scoreless until a 4th quarter field goal from Dan Hutchins to give Pitt their only points on the night. Final score 31-3 in favor of Miami. Pittsburgh falls to 1-2 on the season and will play host to Florida International this week.

Also on the schedule this week was #22 West Virginia against #15 LSU. West Virginia hung in with LSU on the road, getting numerous chances with the ball in the 4th quarter down 6 points. They were unable to punch the ball into the end zone. WVU wound up losing the game 20-14. WVU is 3-1 on the season and has a bye in week 5.

The final marquee game of the week for the Big East was held in Cincinnati where the Bearcats took on the #8 Oklahoma Sooners. The Big East Conference champion from 2009 finally played like a respectable football program however they were never able to take the lead from OU. Cincinnati got a touch down in the final minute of action to post a respectable 31-29 loss at home.

So the Big East lost all three marquee match ups that could have saved the conference some respectability. This is very disappointing news to fans of this conference. The media will surely be questioning the automatic bid of the Big East following this week, and they have every right to. Its a down year for the conference, thats for sure. However this gives teams like Syracuse a chance to finally make their way back to a bowl game for the first time since 2004.

Also not showing up this week was Rutgers. Rutgers managed to lose at home this week to the University of North Carolina by a score of 17-13. Not the kind of performance the conference needed to save some face on their out of conference schedule. Rutgers will face Tulane at home on Saturday. There were some victories in the conference to go along with Syracuse's 42-7 victory over Colgate.

Connecticut beat Buffalo 45-21 to even their record on the year to 2-2. UCONN will be playing Vanderbilt at home this Saturday at noon. Additionally, the University of South Florida beat Wesetern Kentucky at home 24-12 and will play Florida Atlantic at home in their final tune up before Syracuse comes to town to kick off the Conference schedule. The remaining game for the conference next week is Louisville (1-2) traveling to Arkansas State (1-3).

After 4 weeks of action the conference standings are:
1. SYRACUSE 3-1
2. West Virginia 3-1
3. Rutgers 2-1
4. South Florida 2-1
5. Connecticut 2-2
6. Louisville 1-2
7. Pittsburgh 1-2
8. Cincinnati 1-3

Yes, that's our very own Syracuse Orangemen in 1st place. Enjoy it while we can Cuse fans!! Syracuse has a bye this week, so we can be no worse than a 4 way tie for 1st place when we travel to USF on October 9th to kick-off the conference schedule. The game time has been announced for High Noon and will be shown live on SNY!

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