What to watch in the Big East: Week 8

October, 18, 2012
10/18/12
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Here's what to expect this weekend in the conference.

1. Revenge against the MAC. America's favorite non-BCS conference went 2-0 against the Big East in Week 4, and there are two more meetings between the two conferences this Saturday. Don't expect a repeat when Pitt travels to Buffalo and Cincinnati goes to Toledo.

2. Orange D cranks it up. The unit has played very well in its past two games, giving Syracuse a chance to win. Throw in a bad UConn offense coming to town -- for a Friday night home game, which this team seems to love -- and the trend should continue this weekend.

3. Big special-teams play in Philly. Rutgers utilized a returned block kick for victory last week. Temple has blocked fourth-quarter field goal attempts in each of its past two wins. One of these units will break through again Saturday in a game where points may be hard to come by.

4. USF pick-less streak. Few have been better at avoiding turnovers than Teddy Bridgewater, and the Louisville quarterback should keep that success going against a Bulls defense that still has not intercepted a pass all season.

5. Tino Sunseri continues hot streak. It might be more than a streak at this point. The hardened Pitt quarterback is No. 8 in the nation in pass efficiency and second in the Big East in passing yards per game. He should have a field day against a not-very-good-at-all Buffalo defense.

6. Cincinnati defense looks to step up. The Bearcats gave up 17 points to FCS Fordham last week. This isn't exactly one last nonconference warm-up considering Toledo is 6-1 and averages more than 36 points per game, but expect the Bearcats to be ready from the get-go this time.

Matt Fortuna | email

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