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Pitt ranks first in the Big East and sixth nationally in red zone efficiency. The Panthers have converted 29 of 31 trips (93.5 percent) in the red zone (23 touchdowns and six field goals). The two failed attempts were missed field goals.
Three Pitt players rank among the Big East's top seven in sacks per game: Aaron Donald is second (0.78 avg., seven total), defensive end Brandon Lindsey is fifth (0.61 avg., 5.5 total) and defensive tackle Chas Alecxih is seventh (tied, 0.50 avg., 4.5 total).
USF is one of just 15 teams nationally to produce five straight eight-win seasons and one of just 10 that play in an AQ conference. But the Bulls are going to have to win out in order to keep that streak alive.
For the first time since 2005, USF will finish with a losing record on the road. The Bulls are 1-3 in games away from home this season, with their final one set for tonight against Syracuse.
USF has won all three previous meetings against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse receivers Van Chew, Alec Lemon and tight end Nick Provo have combined for 115 receptions, or 58.7 percent (115-196) of the team's total catches this season. Each has more than 300 receiving yards and they have combined to catch 13 of Syracuse’s 19 passing touchdowns.
The Orange are unbeaten since coach Doug Marrone took over in 2009 when they score at least 21 points at home. Syracuse is 10-0 when that happens, including a 4-0 this season.
Louisville had not won back-to-back Big East home games since beating Pittsburgh and Rutgers at the end of the 2007 season.
The Cardinals will say farewell to 16 seniors on Saturday in their regular-season home finale against Pitt. The 2011 senior class: Victor Anderson, Josh Bellamy, Josh Bleser, Josh Chichester, John Clark, Anthony Conner, Mike Evans, Hector Hernandez, Dexter Heyman, Kenneth Jaboin, Ryan Kessling, Preston Pace, Chris Philpott, William Savoy, Greg Scruggs and Terence Simien.
Beginning with a 27-0 loss to Fordham on Oct. 18, 1941, West Virginia has played 132 games against nationally ranked teams. The Mountaineers have won 37 of those. Since 2001, WVU has posted 13 victories over ranked teams. West Virginia plays No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday.
West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey has six 100-yard receiving games in nine contests, a school record.
Cincinnati ranks among the top 10 teams nationally in five categories: turnover margin (third/1.63 pg), tackles for a loss (fifth/8.13 pg), rushing defense (sixth/87.6 ypg), sacks (eighth/3.13 pg) and net punting (ninth/40.1 ypp).
Rutgers has won seven straight meetings against Army and 11 of 13 since 1991. Greg Schiano is 6-0 all-time against the Black Knights.
Rutgers returns to the home of the Yankees for the first time since 1948. The Scarlet Knights played nine times at the original Yankee Stadium, all against New York University, going 1-7-1. The two schools played an annual contest from 1926-33, then resumed the rivalry for one year in 1948.
In his first season as a starter, Rutgers safety Duron Harmon leads Rutgers with five interceptions. That places him into a tie for sixth nationally and second in the Big East.