Sneak peek at the week ahead

September, 10, 2012
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Here's a quick look at what's in-store for the Big East in Week 3:

Rutgers at South Florida (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday): It's early, but this contest could certainly have conference-title implications down the road. The Big East's preseason No. 3 team squares off with the No. 2 team at Raymond James Stadium, and USF will be riding into it a little higher after pulling out of the kind of win at Nevada that escaped the Bulls through all of last season. The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, need to pick up their passing game.

Virginia Tech at Pitt (ESPNU, noon ET Saturday): Reader Sabrina in New York made the crack that the Hokies laid out the Panthers' blueprint for ACC success, by losing to an FCS team early in the season. Jokes aside, Logan Thomas & Co. may be the last thing Pitt needs to see after a frustrating 0-2 start, and the Hokies' massive defensive line surely took note of Cincinnati's six sacks against the Panthers.

Connecticut at Maryland (ESPN3, 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday): Any story lines for this one? Oh yeah, didn't Randy Edsall used to coach UConn? And leave the Huskies in a lurch after their Fiesta Bowl loss two years ago? I don't think UConn players have forgotten, though they can't take the undermanned Terps lightly after watching conference brethren Temple get routed Saturday.

North Carolina at Louisville (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday): Yeah, I think the hardwood matchup between these two schools would be a little more entertaining, too. But Teddy Bridgewater may be a bigger star than any of the hoopsters. He's been on fire through two games and will get a chance to continue his hot streak when facing a UNC secondary that surrendered 327 yards to Wake Forest's Tanner Price in a loss Saturday.

Stony Brook at Syracuse (ESPN3, 4 p.m. ET Saturday): The Orange deserve someone to beat up on. The rest of their nonconference schedule is brutal, and they played about as well as they could have hoped for offensively the last two weeks without getting much in return. That should change if they avoid giving up the big play and tackle better than the last two weeks. The SeaWolves, for what it's worth, scored 77 points Saturday, though they played Div. II Pace.

Delaware State at Cincinnati (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET Saturday): The Bearcats came out as good as they could have hoped for Thursday against Pitt. Munchie Legaux misfired on some early throws but played well for most of the game. Cincinnati's front-seven should have a field day with a Hornets team that rushed for just 55 yards Saturday against Delaware.

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