- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Information and sports information departments from all of these schools for the tidbits.
Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni returns to the Carrier Dome on Friday. Pasqualoni was Syracuse's linebackers coach from 1987-90 and head coach from 1991-2004, going 107-59-1 with four Big East titles (1996-98, 2004) and nine bowl appearances. The Orange have dropped five consecutive games to the Huskies.
Rutgers and Temple are both playing to go remain unbeaten in the Big East. During the Owls' last Big East stint (1991-04), both struggled, with the Scarlet Knights holding a .197 winning percentage and notching just two winning seasons and the Owls holding a .149 winning percentage and having zero winning seasons. Since, Rutgers has a .653 winning percentage and has gone to six bowls. Temple has a .674 winning percentage and has gone to two.
Temple reached three conference wins only once (1997) during its last stint in the Big East (1991-2004).
The Scarlet Knights rank 80th or worse in the FBS in all major offensive categories, but are No. 2 in rush defense and tied for first in turnover margin. The Owls have lost just five turnovers this season and are tied for 12th nationally in turnover margin themselves.
Over his past four games, Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri has completed 74 percent of his passes for 1,233 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception. The Panthers are 28-3 all-time vs. Mid-American Conference schools, including a 3-0 mark against Buffalo.
Louisville returns home for the first time since Sept. 15 after completing a successful three-game road trip. The Cardinals' next three games are all at home, including a showdown next Friday with unbeaten Cincinnati.
USF has taken the ball away just four times this season (tied for second-fewest in FBS). It has gone three straight games without forcing a turnover and is the nation's only team without an interception this season. B.J. Daniels has tossed four touchdowns and seven interceptions during this four-game losing streak.
Cincinnati is tied for the third-longest winning streak in FBS at eight. Only Alabama (10) and Oregon (9) have longer streaks. Toledo has a six-game win streak of its own. The Bearcats have won 11 straight against MAC opponents, last losing in 2005 to Miami (Ohio). Toledo has won each of its past two home games against Big East foes (Temple in 2004 and Pitt in 2003).