USF: The Monday After in the BIG EAST..

The USF Bulls continued their meteoric climb when they jumped to No. 18 in both the USA Today Coaches and AP Polls. Setting up a huge BIG EAST showdown versus No.5 West Virginia this Friday at Raymond James Stadium.

The USF Bulls continued their meteoric climb when they jumped to No. 18 in both the USA Today Coaches and AP Polls which was announced early Sunday afternoon. 

USF broke into the top 25 rankings for the first time in program history last week when they came in at No. 23 in the AP polls and No. 24 in the USA Coaches Poll.

This sets up an incredibly huge BIG EAST conference match-up against No. 5 West Virginia versus No. 18 USF this Friday. The Bulls improved to 3-0 with a 37-10 win against North Carolina, and limited the Tar Heels to just 164 yards of offense as DE George Selvie registered three of USF's four sacks on the day. USF will host West Virginia at Raymond James Stadium in what will be the highest-attended game in school history, after selling out Monday morning. Raymond James Stadium seats 65,000.


West Virginia
defeated East Carolina 48-8 in Morgantown on Saturday. The Bulls outpaced North Carolina 37-10. USF knocked off then No. 7 West Virginia in Morgantown last season by a score of 24-19. The Bulls limited the potent Mountaineer rushing attack to less than half it season average and held RB Steve Slaton to 43 yards on 18 carries.

The Two schools highlight the race for the 2007 BIG EAST championship that still has four teams in the top 25., and also has five unbeaten teams

West Virginia (No.5) defeated East Carolina 48-8 in Morgantown on Saturday.

Rutgers (No. 11) had a bye week as the Scarlet Knights bring a 3-0 record into next Saturday's game against Maryland — a game that will be televised on ABC.


USF
(No.18) improved to 3-0 with a 37-10 win against North Carolina, and limited the Tar Heels to just 164 yards of offense.

Cincinnati (No.24) entered the top 25 ranking at No.24 in this week's Associated Press Poll and on the cusp of the Top 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, and proved they should be a factor in the BIG EAST title picture after a 40-14 win against Marshall Saturday night. Cincinnati scored 26 straight points through the first and second quarters and got a combined three touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks. The Bearcat defense, meanwhile, continues to lead the nation in turnover ratio after it had two takeaways and scored a safety against Marshall. This is the first time since Oct. 25, 1976 that Cincinnati has earned a national ranking in the AP poll..

Connecticut remains one of five unbeaten teams in the BIG EAST as the Huskies took advantage of six Pittsburgh turnovers to gain a 34-14 win against the Panthers at Heinz Field. The Huskies, who scored on five of their seven first-half possessions, are 4-0 for the first time since 1997.

Louisville (No. 18/19) was stunned by Syracuse 38-35 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to get the Orange' its first win of the season and end the Cardinals' 20-game home winning streak. Orange QB Andrew Robinson threw for 423 yards and four TDs in the winning effort, including scoring strikes of 79 and 60 yards to WR Taj Smith. Louisville, meanwhile, saw a record-setting day by QB Brian Brohm come up short. The game produced no fewer than eight BIG EAST records, including a 555-yard effort from Brohm, who completed 45 of 65 passes.

 


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