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Syracuse has scored at least 30 points in four of its last five games. Temple has surrendered at least 30 points in each of its last five games. The Orange have notched a school-record 5,206 yards of total offense (473.3 yards per game) and 39 touchdowns, averaging 6 yards per play. Their single-season record for yards per game is 451.5, set during a 10-game season in 1959. Syracuse's 309.5 passing yards per game is shattering the school single-season record of 241.3, set in 1989.
Temple head coach Steve Addazio was an assistant at Syracuse from 1995-98, and his son, Louie, is a sophomore tight end with the Orange. Owls assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers was a Syracuse assistant from 1991-98, serving as the offensive coordinator the last two seasons.
It's Matt Floyd's turn to start at quarterback South Florida. He relieved Bobby Eveld on the first drive last week at Miami and completed 20 of 35 passes for 175 yards with two picks. His only other extended action this season came in the season opener against Chattanooga, when he went 3-of-7 for 19 yards in a win. He came in for a play against both Rutgers and Florida State because of the helmet rule, getting sacked by the Seminoles late in the third quarter and watching them return it 12 yards for a score. Floyd replaced an injured B.J. Daniels against UConn three weeks ago, going 1-of-3 for 3 yards.
Cincinnati is one of just five teams to notch at least 10 wins in four of the last five years, a streak that can stay alive if the Bearcats win their final two regular-season games, against USF and UConn, and win their bowl game. Linebacker Greg Blair's 101 tackles this season give the school a fourth straight season with a 100-tackle player.
Rutgers can clinch the Big East title and a BCS bowl bid with a win and a Louisville loss. If the Scarlet Knights don’t clinch this week, they will host Louisville next Thursday to decide the Big East’s BCS bid.
The Scarlet Knights lead the Big East in scoring defense and turnover margin. They're tied with UCLA for the nation lead with eight blocked kicks.
Rutgers' Jawan Jamison is fourth nationally in rushes per fumble, averaging a fumble just once every 218 carries.
Rutgers has had a football program since 1869, but it is looking for just its third 10-win season in school history. The Scarlet Knights won 11 games in 1976 and 2006.
Rutgers has won five of the last seven meetings with Pitt, including 34-10 last year in Piscataway, N.J.
Pitt's Tino Sunseri has thrown just two interceptions in 297 attempts and the Panthers rank second in the Big East in turnover margin. Sunseri’s last interception came on Sept. 15 against Virginia Tech.
The Panthers' season has hinged on two-game streaks of both wins and losses, as their record has gone from 0-2 to 2-2 to 2-4 to 4-4 to 4-6.
Louisville has won the last two meetings with Connecticut, including a shutout of the Huskies at home two years ago, 26-0.
Louisville’s perfect season was derailed at Syracuse two weeks ago, but Teddy Bridgewater continues his efficient season. He ranks fifth nationally in pass efficiency and, against Big East foes, he is completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 344.8 yards per game. In those five games, he has 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
UConn is coming off a win against Pitt two weeks ago, but the Huskies are 0-8 following a win under coach Paul Pasqualoni.
The Huskies haven’t scored more than 24 points in a game since the opener against UMass, and rank 117th in scoring offense (out of 120 teams). The Huskies have scored just 61 points in the second half this season, the fewest in FBS.