CINCINNATI: The Bearcats were idle this past weekend and will return to the field on November 13th to take on West Virginia in Morgantown. It is hard to believe that Cincinnati was hammered by Syracuse in front of the home crowd last time out despite limiting the Orange to 262 total yards. The most obvious reason for the 31-7 setback was turnovers, as the Bearcats gave the ball away three times, and one of the two fumbles was recovered in the end zone for a Syracuse touchdown. Chazz Anderson threw for 148 yards and ran for 66 yards in defeat for Cincinnati. The team's first-string quarterback, Zach Collaros, missed the contest with a leg injury.
CONNECTICUT: The Huskies were not in action this past weekend, and their next scheduled game is November 11th against Pittsburgh. Two weeks ago, Dave Teggart kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime to lift Connecticut to a 16-13 win over West Virginia at Rentschler Field. It was a historic victory for the Huskies, who had never beaten the Mountaineers in six prior meetings, losing by an average score of 40-17 in those contests. Zach Frazer completed 18-of-29 tosses for 166 yards and Jordan Todman carried 33 times for 113 yards and one touchdown for UConn, which remains a perfect 4-0 at home this season. It is surprising that the Huskies finished on top when considering the fact that they were outgained 414-278 in total yards.
LOUISVILLE: On Saturday, Jeremy Wright rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 28-20 victory over the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Justin Burke completed 13-of-25 passes in place of Adam Froman, who did not play because of an injury. Burke did an admirable job for Louisville, throwing for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Louisville played tremendous defense in the second half, allowing only three points over the final 30 minutes, including zero in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals surrendered a mere 256 total yards in the tilt, overshadowing the fact that they mustered just 303 yards of their own. Next up for the Cardinals is this week's home clash with USF.
PITTSBURGH: The Panthers were idle this past weekend and will return to the field on November 11th against UConn. Two weeks ago, Dion Lewis carried the ball 18 times for 65 yards and a touchdown to lead the Panthers to a 20-3 win over the Louisville Cardinals at Heinz Field. Signal caller Tino Sunseri controlled the Pittsburgh offense, completing 13-of-24 passes for 123 yards. The Panthers were stingy on defense, limiting the Cardinals to 185 yards of total offense while forcing two turnovers in the win. The Cardinals actually led the game 3-0 in the first quarter, but Pitt shut the door the rest of the way.
RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights need to get past their disappointment following last Wednesday's 28-27 loss to South Florida on the road. Chas Dodd completed 19-of-22 passes for 139 yards for Rutgers, which has lost two straight to fall to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in conference. Jeremy Deering ran for 69 yards on nine carries, while Mark Harrison had five receptions for 88 yards and a score. Mohamed Sanu caught seven passes for 48 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the Scarlet Knights, who permitted a USF offensive lineman to recover a fumble in the end zone for the deciding touchdown. The Scarlet Knights figure to have their hands full this coming weekend as Syracuse comes to town.
SOUTH FLORIDA: Offensive lineman Jacob Sims recovered Moise Plancher's fumble in the end zone for the deciding touchdown in USF's 28-27 victory over Rutgers last Wednesday. Plancher ran for 135 yards on 21 carries and nearly cost the Bulls the game, but USF got its second straight win with the help of a third- quarter safety. B.J. Daniels threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 10- of-17 efficiency and was intercepted once for South Florida. Evan Landi and Dontavia Bogan each caught a touchdown pass for the Bulls, who will hit the road for a clash with Louisville this coming weekend.
SYRACUSE: Fans of the Orange watched on in disappointment as the team fell to Louisville by a 28-20 final at the Carrier Dome this past weekend. Syracuse struggled offensively, mustering just 256 total yards while being held to three points in the second half of the contest. Delone Carter led SU with 107 rushing yards and scored once, while Ryan Nassib threw for 155 yards and a touchdown in the loss. That touchdown went to Alec Lemon, who finished with 73 yards on five receptions. The Orange will face Rutgers in New Brunswick on Saturday.
WEST VIRGINIA: Two weeks ago, Geno Smith threw for 160 yards on 22-of-34 efficiency for the Mountaineers, but the team lost to UConn for the first time ever in a 16-13 final. That setback was the second in a row for WVU, which missed an opportunity to earn bowl eligibility and fell to 1-2 in Big East Conference action. West Virginia earned a 414-278 advantage in total yardage, but four lost fumbles cost the Mountaineers a chance at a victory. Noel Devine was rather quiet, as the standout tailback rushed for just 67 yards in the loss. The Mountaineers were idle this past weekend, so they figure to be fresh and well-prepared for a November 13th clash with Cincinnati.