Six games involving BIG EAST teams dot the college football schedule Saturday. Akron at Connecticut is the ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Game of the Week at noon. ABC Sports will televise Maryland at Rutgers at 3:30. ESPNU will carry Louisville at NC State at 3:30 and Pittsburgh at Virginia at 7 p.m. Cincinnati will play at San Diego State at 10 p.m. on Versus. At 3 p.m., Syracuse will visit Miami (Ohio). The game is being televised to local markets, but you can watch it streamed live on your computer. Go to bigeast.tv for details.
Rutgers QB Mike Teel leads the nation in pass efficiency rating with a 236.65 mark. Key to that stat is the time which Teel has had to survey the field. The Scarlet Knight signal caller has not been sacked this year.
Rutgers and Pittsburgh have both gone 12-for-12 inside the red zone this season, while West Virginia is 22-23, with 19 of those being touchdowns. Rutgers has ridden that efficiency, along with a stout defense, to a 4-0 mark, while Pitt hasn't been able to capitalize quite so well.
PACING THE NATION
Five of the 23 undefeated schools in the Bowl Subdivision are BIG EAST members. The BIG EAST is the only conference in which at least half of its membership is undefeated. At 62.5%, the Big East's percentage of undefeated teams far outstrips that of its closest competitor – the Pac 10 at 40%.
The seventh (Connecticut) and eighth (Syracuse) teams in the BIG EAST preseason media poll both won their conference openers on the road Saturday. While many college football observers have noted the recent success of the BIG EAST through its 5-0 bowl record last year and its impressive showings this season, Syracuse and Connecticut, picked at the bottom of the league in most of the preseason projections, turned some heads by winning their league openers on the road last week. Syracuse upset Louisville 38-35 and UConn won at Pittsburgh 34-14. For Syracuse, quarterback Andrew Robinson threw for 423 yards, two short of the school record. The Huskies improved to 4-0 and received votes in the AP poll.
OFF AND RUNNING
Cincinnati is 4-0 for the first time since 1954, while Connecticut is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1997. UC head coach Brian Kelly extends the string even further. He is 5-0 with the Bearcats, marking the best opening run by a Cincinnati head coach since Russ Cohen won his first five games in 1935.