Monday, October 4, 2010

Big East Conference Roundup (Week 5)

It was supposed to be a week of redemption for Big East football. A week for all the teams in the conference to get back into the swing of things and get a win under their belt before the conference schedule gets underway this weekend for many conference members.

Unfortunately, no one bothered to phone the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. On a weekend where many assumed it to be a foregone conclusion that the Big East would go 5-0, Rutgers managed to lose to lowly Tulane out of Conference-USA. On Homecoming weekend in Piscataway, NJ Rutgers lost to a Tulane team that had lost 6 straight road games dating back to last season. Final score: 17-14.

Additionally, Rutgers starting QB Tom Savage who came into the game with bruised ribs was knocked out of the game late 2nd quarter and did not return. Interestingly enough for the Scarlet Knights, they have given up the fewest points in the conference by far with 48, however they have also scored the fewest points at 77. Rutgers will open up their conference schedule with a Friday night showdown against UCONN 7:30 on ESPN.

Speaking of the University of Connecticut, the Huskies defeated Vanderbilt at home this weekend after surviving a 2nd quarter scare. UCONN was up 14-0 in the 2nd quarter before surrendering 21 straight points to fall behind 21-14. UCONN would not go away, and after scoring a game tying touchdown with just over a minute left in the half they rattled off 19 unanswered second half points for a 40-21 victory over the Commodores. Running back Jordan Todman ran for 190 yards and 2 TDs. He has run for over 100 yards in 7 of his last 8 games.

Elsewhere in the Big East, Pittsburgh beat Florida International 44-17 and South Florida defeated Florida Atlantic 31-3. Before the University of Pittsburgh opens up conference play they will be traveling to South Bend, Indiana to take on a team that SHOULD be in the Big East for football, the Fightin' Irish. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 and of course the game will be televised on NBC. Everyone in 'Cuse country knows that Saturday at 12:00PM South Florida will be welcoming the Orangemen to open up both team's conference schedule. The game will be shown live on the Big East Network, a.k.a. SNY.

Lastly, Louisville got a little tune-up game of their own this past Saturday, playing the Arkansas State Red Wolves out of the Sun Belt Conference. Although the Cardinals nearly blew a 24 point second half lead, they managed to hold on and defeat the Red Wolves on the road 34-24. Louisville will take on Memphis this Saturday in the final warm-up before they open conference play next week against Cincinnati.

There are two other games this weekend, both non-conference match ups. West Virginia will host UNLV Saturday at 3:30 and at 7PM Cincinnati will play Miami of Ohio at home.

BIG EAST STANDINGS (through week 5)
2. South Florida 3-1
3. West Virginia 3-1
4. Connecticut 3-2
5. Louisville 2-2
6. Pittsburgh 2-2
7. Rutgers 2-2
8. Cincinnati 1-3

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