Sneak peek at the week ahead

September, 24, 2012
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Slim pickings this coming weekend, as four Big East teams have byes: Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple.

Buffalo at Connecticut (Big East Network, noon ET Saturday): It's worth repeating that UConn must get its offense on track. Coming off a loss to one MAC opponent, the Huskies will look to close out their nonconference slate with a win over another one, with seven straight Big East games awaiting.

Virginia Tech at Cincinnati, in Landover, Md. (ESPNU, 3:30 ET Saturday): It's hard to figure out either team at this point. The Hokies got routed by a Pitt team that the Bearcats routed. But the Bearcats then turned the ball over six times in an unsatisfying win over an FCS school. They have played just two games, too. Having the "home" team play just a few hours away from the "visiting" team's campus probably doesn't clear up matters, either.

No. 4 Florida State at South Florida (ESPN, 6 p.m. ET Saturday): FSU is coming off a statement win against Clemson. USF is coming off a pair of losses that brought back bad memories from last season. The Seminoles, who put up 49 points last week, are hardly the team the Bulls' defense needs to see at this point.

No. 19 Louisville at Southern Miss (CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. ET Saturday): The Ellis Johnson era is off to an 0-3 start for the Golden Eagles, who begin a three-game stretch that features the No. 19 Cardinals, No. 24 Boise State and future Big East member Central Florida. After consecutive so-so performances, Louisville hopes to shore up some loose ends in its final nonconference contest.

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