Big East weekend rewind: Week 9

October, 29, 2012
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Down goes another undefeated. Here's the best, the worst and everything in between of the weekend that was in the Big East.

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Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesTeddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals remain the final undefeated team in the Big East after their overtime win over Cincinnati.
The good: The ball is in Louisville's court. The Cardinals are the lone undefeated Big East team after withstanding Cincinnati in overtime Friday night and watching Rutgers lose the next day. Louisville is the Big East front-runner, and it would be in the conference's best interest to see a team like the Cardinals win out and carry its flag nationally.

The bad: Munchie Legaux will want that overtime interception back, especially in light of his comments earlier in the week about being better than Teddy Bridgewater. Temple's second straight 20-plus-point loss has knocked the Owls off the high of a two-game winning streak to start Big East play. And what else can we really say about USF at this point?

The ugly: Gary Nova, the reigning Big East offensive player of the week, threw six interceptions, and Rutgers turned it over seven times in a 12-point home loss to Kent State for its first defeat of the season. They don't make them much uglier than this one.

First-half quarterback play, anyone? What's up with the slow starts from some of the conference's best signal-callers? Four of Nova's six picks came in the first half. Legaux and Bridgewater combined to go 13-of-37 for 208 yards with three picks and no touchdown passes in the first half of Cincinnati's tilt with Louisville. Ryan Nassib threw all four of his touchdown passes in the second half, which began with his team in a 20-point hole.

Uni watch: Kent State's all-everything back Dri Archer had to change jersey numbers after his uniform was ripped to shreds during a second-quarter play. He came back in as No. 26 and reached the end zone for the 16th time this season. Pitt players, meanwhile, get names on their jerseys this coming weekend after beating Temple.

#MACtion: Kent State's 35-23 win at undefeated Rutgers helped the Mid-American Conference improve to 4-4 against the Big East this season. It's worth noting, as Andrea did Sunday, that Temple made the jump from the MAC to the Big East this year and couldn't keep up with Rutgers at home one week earlier.

USF collapse: Another week, another Bulls collapse. USF has now dropped three games with the final possession on the line, the latest a home loss to Syracuse that saw the Bulls surrender a 20-point halftime lead. USF has now lost six straight games.

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