Conference Scorecard: ACC up, Big 12 down
More accolades for USF safety Nate Allen, who has been named as the Big East Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Bulls defense in a 34-20 win at Syracuse on Saturday.
Allen had two interceptions and a team-high eight tackles against the Orange, sparking a defense that matched a school record with seven takeaways, including five interceptions of Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus.
USF junior receiver Carlton Mitchell, who had a career-best 139 yards and two touchdown receptions, earned a spot on the Big East honor roll, as did Syracuse receiver Mike Williams, who had both of Syracuse's touchdowns against the Bulls. Pittsburgh quarterback Bill Stull earned the league's top offensive honor for the week.
-- Tom Korun from WFTS Ch. 28 says the Bucs should takes notes from USF as the two teams head in opposite directions.
-- The Kansas City Star's Jason Whitlock writes on former USF quarterback Grant Gregory and how after five years of waiting, he led Kansas State to a big victory in his first college start.
-- Here's video of postgame interviews with Syracuse's Paulus and Williams.
-- Remember Jim Leavitt's "frickin' that tough" quote from the other night? Here's the story in the New York Times from Pete Thamel on how the Big East has surprised its critics.
-- Lots of USF stuff in the weekly Big East review from ESPN.com's Brian Bennett.
-- After losing to USF and then at Boston College on Saturday, there's more trouble for FSU, where the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi and the Tallahassee Democrat's Steve Ellis have called for Bobby Bowden to retire after this season.
-- ESPN.com's latest bowl projections still anticipate Cincinnati winning the Big East and earning the league's BCS bowl berth. One projection has USF facing N.C. State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, a rematch of USF's first bowl game in 2005; the other has USF facing Kentucky in the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham.