As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Information and sports information departments from these schools for the tidbits.
Pitt has won the last four meetings with Louisville, but Louisville won the previous seven matchups. Before that, Pitt was 4-0 all-time against the Cardinals.
Teddy Bridgewater has completed 70.3 percent of his passes on third down this season, leading the Big East and ranking ninth in the FBS (minimum 20 attempts). Bridgewater has converted a first down on 54.1 percent of those throws, which is the second-best in FBS. The Pitt defense gives up 6.3 yards per play on third down, worst in the Big East. The Panthers’ opponents convert 44.9 percent of their third downs this season, also worst in the Big East.
Pitt is trying to avoid going 0-3 in the Big East for the first time since 2001.
In their two victories, the Panthers have rushed for 241.5 yards per game. In three losses, they’ve rushed for 98.0 yards per game.
Syracuse is looking for its first 2-0 start in the Big East since 2001.
Ryan Nassib saw his streak of eight consecutive games throwing for at least 200 yards snapped last week. He became the first Syracuse quarterback ever to throw for 300 or more yards in three straight games earlier this season.
Rutgers ranks 89th in total offense, the worst among the 15 remaining unbeaten teams.
Rutgers is the most-penalized team in the FBS, averaging 10.2 per game (51 in five games). It has been penalized at least nine times in all five games.
Cincinnati has never played Fordham before and is 0-2 all-time against teams currently in the Patriot League, though those two meetings came against Georgetown in 1922 and 1936.
Munchie Legaux has thrown at least two touchdowns in six straight games he’s played in since last season.
Fordham has played just one current Big East team since the conference formed in 1991, losing to UConn 35-3 last season. Cincinnati is just the third FBS opponent the Rams have faced since moving to FCS in 1989. They lost to UConn and Army last season by a combined score of 90-3.
For the first time in 78 years, Temple will travel to a game by train when the Owls visit Connecticut. Temple will depart Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station on Friday aboard a chartered Amtrak train to New Haven, Conn., and also return to Philadelphia by rail. In December 1934, Temple took the train from Philadelphia to Baton Rouge, La., a three-day ride, to play in the inaugural Sugar Bowl. During a stop in Atlanta, the Owls stretched their legs on the station platform and held a 10-minute “workout” with a loaf of bread as a football. Under coach Glenn “Pop” Warner, Temple lost to Tulane, 20-14, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 1935.
Temple holds an 8-4 all-time series edge over UConn, but the Huskies have won their last five Big East home openers.