Sneak peek at the week ahead

September, 17, 2012
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Here's a quick look at the week ahead for the Big East, which has a rare all-Saturday lineup. Cincinnati has a bye.

Connecticut at Western Michigan (ESPN3, 2 p.m. ET Saturday): Can the Huskies' offense finally get on track? Defense and special teams have carried UConn through three weeks. The Broncos, meanwhile, put forth a valiant effort Saturday at Minnesota, leaving the game in doubt until the final drive before falling by five. Their only win is against FCS Eastern Illinois.

Temple at Penn State (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 ET Saturday): Temple has never won at Beaver Stadium, and the Owls have not beaten the Nittany Lions since 1941. They came awfully close last year in Philly, but this looks to be as good of a chance as the program has had in some time. PSU is looking to ride the momentum of the first win of the Bill O'Brien era.

Gardner-Webb at Pittsburgh (ESPN3, 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday): The Panthers' 60-minute destruction of heavily favored Virginia Tech should alleviate concerns that they could fall to another FCS team at home. Right?

South Florida at Ball State (ESPN3, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday): Same ol' South Florida? It's worth asking after the Bulls struggled in another Thursday night contest. The Bulls will look to get back on track and play a much more crisp game offensively against a Cardinals squad coming off a win at Indiana.

Rutgers at Arkansas (ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET Saturday): It seems like so long ago that we were talking about this game as a chance for the Big East to make a national statement against a contender. Now? The Razorbacks are coming off a pair of embarrassing losses and are just hoping to keep the season together against a Rutgers defense that looks to be among the nation's best through three weeks.

Louisville at Florida International (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET Saturday): Louisville looks like the Big East's best team so far, but this is its first road game of the season. And the Cardinals lost to FIU last season. The Golden Panthers have no T.Y. Hilton this year, though, and have been outclassed in two losses. (They beat Akron in overtime in Week 2.)

Syracuse at Minnesota (Big Ten Network, 8 p.m. ET Saturday): Could the Golden Gophers be playing for Big Ten pride as well? They are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in what has been an underwhelming conference so far, and Syracuse will need to play much better than this past week if the Orange hope to improve to 2-2. The Gophers will likely be without quarterback MarQueis Gray, who left Saturday's win over Western Michigan with a high ankle sprain.

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