BIG EAST Midweek Report
Cincinnati Finds First Place Familiar Territory
The BIG EAST standings show that Cincinnati has a somewhat comfortable lead as the Bearcats take a 3-0 league record into Saturday's game against West Virginia and already own a head-to-head win against second-place Louisville. Cincinnati has had to come from behind in the second half in each of its three conference games, however, making the trip to the top spot anything but smooth. The Bearcats have been accustomed to the top of the standings in recent years, winning outright BIG EAST titles in 2008 and 2009. Cincinnati, which reeled off 13 wins during that stretch, take a six-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Six From BIG EAST Named To Capital One Academic All-District Teams
The BIG EAST has six players who were chosen to the Capital One Academic All-District teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America. USF and Syracuse led the way with two players each. The Bulls placed center Chaz Hine and tight end Evan Landi, while the Orange were represented by fullback Adam Harris and defensive back Kevyn Scott. Louisville kicker Chris Philpott and Pittsburgh defensive lineman Myles Caragein round out the BIG EAST selections. The six players are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Rutgers Shows Deep Appreciation for Army
Saturday Rutgers heads to Yankee Stadium to face Army Saturday as the schools renew a series that dates to 1891. Though the Scarlet Knights took a 23-20 overtime win last year, the 2010 game is remembered more for the spinal cord injury suffered by Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has noted the outpouring of support he and his team received from the Army coaches and players, to the point where the Rutgers players will wear white helmets adorned with a red, white and blue 'R' Saturday. LeGrand, incidentally, is scheduled to join the CBS Sports Network television broadcasters in the booth.
Through 10 weeks of the 2011 season, every BIG EAST team has won at least four games - a feat that no other league can claim. Cincinnati, Rutgers and West Virginia have all clinched bowl eligibility, but there remains a reasonable chance that the other five BIG EAST teams could all become bowl-eligible as well. Connecticut and Pittsburgh would need to win two of their last three games, USF would need two wins in its last four and Louisville would need one win in its final three games.