Midweek Big East Notes

Quick notes from around the Big East conference

Cardinals Move Up In The Polls

Louisville rose to No. 10 in the USA Today poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press poll this week despite not playing over the weekend. This Saturday, the Cardinals host Oregon State in an ESPN telecast scheduled for noon Eastern time.

Good Omens Are In Place For Another West Virginia Bowl Bid

For the 15th time since 1980, West Virginia has started a season 2-0. In the previous 14 occurrences, the Mountaineers have gone to a bowl 11 times. This week, WVU plays at Maryland.

Opponents Are Still Scoreless Against Connecticut

After beating Liberty 59-0 last weekend, the Huskies became the first Division I-A team to post shutouts in their first two games of the season since Auburn did it in 1996. UConn opened the 2005 campaign with a 38-0 blanking of Buffalo.

Fans Flocked To USF's Home Opener

In its first home game as a member of the BIG EAST, USF drew 43,122 fans to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in its 37-3 victory over Florida A&M. It was the second largest crowd to see the Bulls play a home game. The only other bigger crowd was USF's first football game in school history on Sept. 6, 1997. The Bulls played before 49,212 against Kentucky Wesleyan.

Seven Of Eight BIG EAST Games Are On TV This Week

In games involving BIG EAST teams, all but one will be televised this weekend. ABC is carrying Pittsburgh at Nebraska. ESPN is televising Oregon State at Louisville while ESPN2 will show Virginia at Syracuse. Connecticut at Georgia Tech will be broadcast on ESPNU. West Virginia at Maryland will be carried regionally on the Jefferson Pilot syndicated package which is seen throughout the East Coast. The Central Florida at USF and Rutgers at Buffalo games will be seen in local markets. The West Virginia-Maryland, Central Florida-USF and Rutgers-Buffalo contests also be carried on ESPN's Gameplan.

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