Week 13 rewind/Week 14 on tap
Back up, back up, 'cause it's on ...
Best Game: Nothing beats drama in South Bend, and there was no topping Syracuse's 24-23 upset of Notre Dame. Good for the players who've suffered so many losses, good for Greg Robinson and good for the Big East.
Biggest play: We'll stick with Syracuse and tip our hats to quarterback Cam Dantley's 11-yard touchdown pass to Donte Davis with 42 seconds to go. The fact that Dantley's dad, Adrian, was a star basketball player at Notre Dame made it even sweeter for the Orange junior.
Big Man on Campus (Offense): I hate ties, but there were two incredible performance this week that I could not ignore. West Virginia's Pat White ran for 200 yards, accounted for five touchdowns, set a new NCAA record for career rushing for a quarterback and a Big East mark for career touchdowns. Cincinnati's Tony Pike was nearly perfect in the biggest league game of the year, going 26-for-32 for 309 yards in the 28-21 win over Pittsburgh.
Big Man on Campus (Defense): Cincinnati's Connor Barwin had three sacks of Pitt quarterback Bill Stull in the big victory.
Big Man on Campus (Special Teams): Rutgers kicker San San Te made three field goals on a windy day as the Scarlet Knights turned away the Black Knights of Army 30-3.
Worst Hangover: The Pittsburgh Panthers lost its dream of making a BCS bowl and suffered the indignity of having Cincinnati fans run onto the field and throw oranges at them with time still on the clock. Somehow, that didn't merit a penalty on the home team.
The Big East feast was this past weekend, with five games and all eight teams in action. Turkey week sees the league on a diet, as there are only two games. But both resonate with importance. Games listed in descending order of significance:
West Virginia (7-3, 4-1 Big East) at Pittsburgh (7-3, 3-2): The Backyard Brawl carries the scent of revenge, as the Panthers ruined the Mountaineers' BCS title shot last season in Morgantown. Pitt can knock West Virginia out of BCS bowl contention this time around.
Syracuse (3-8, 1-5) at Cincinnati (9-2, 5-1): The Bearcats will have to get focused on Syracuse after winning four straight emotional games and prematurely celebrating with oranges after the Pitt game. Unless West Virginia loses Friday, then this game means nothing.
Byes: Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, Louisville