Big East Notebook

Midweek notes from the Big East conference, which has three of the nation's 11 remaining Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

SCORING MACHINES

Four Big East teams – Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers and West Virginia – are averaging more than 40 points per game and are ranked in the top 14 nationally in scoring offense. Cincinnati is sixth, averaging 46.4 points per game followed by Louisville (45.8-7th), Rutgers (40.5-13th) and West Virginia (40.4-14th).


CUTTHROAT COMPETITON

Who would have guessed that Cincinnati's eight-game winning streak, dating to last year, would be the third-longest in the nation at this point in the 2007 season? Only Wisconsin (14) and LSU (12) have longer active winning streaks. USF's six game winning streak ranks fifth nationally.


ROTATIONAL DISTORTION

Pitt's Pat Bostick became the third different player to start at quarterback for the Panthers this season and the fourth in the last six games dating to last year when he took the first snap for Pitt against Virginia.


VISIBILITY?

BIG EAST football officials will be using pink whistles during the month of October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This program/activity is certainly a commendable one, but might the organizers have come up with something a bit more visible? Pink hats, or some other article of clothing, might stand out a bit more than whistles. Hopefully, the television outlets doing these games will give it more than passing mention.

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BREAKOUT

Rutgers junior wide receiver Tiquan Underwood caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown against Maryland, becoming the first Rutgers player to register four straight games with at least 100 receiving yards


RECORD BREAKER

When West Virginia visited USF last Friday for a Big East showdown on ESPN2, the audiences in the stands and in front of television sets broke records. In Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls enjoyed their first sellout crowd – 67,012. The game also was the highest rated Friday night college football game in ESPN and ESPN2 history. In addition, the rating of 2.72 made it the second-most viewed regular-season college football game on any night on ESPN2. The telecast was seen in over 1.8 million homes.


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