Conference Scorecard: Big week for Big East
When it comes to establishing its reputation against other BCS conferences, this is the most active week of the year for the Big East, with five games against teams from other BCS leagues.
None of the five opponents are ranked, so there's not a landmark win to be found, but a strong showing -- say four wins or more -- would help the Big East, though four of the five games are on the road, and four of five have the Big East team as underdogs.
Cincinnati, generating buzz after two strong wins, must travel to Oregon State, which took a 34-3 beating from the Bearcats two years ago. If West Virginia wins at Auburn, the Mountaineers could get back in the top 25, as could Pittsburgh, which has Navy this week. Connecticut hits the road trying to beat Baylor for the second year in a row, Louisville goes to Kentucky hoping to avenge a 27-2 drubbing in last year's opener, and Syracuse gets its third shot at the Big Ten as the Orange hosts Northwestern.
There are six non-Big East games between BCS teams, the headliner being No. 19 Nebraska at No. 13 Virginia Tech. The only other ranked teams in such games are No. 8 California at Minnesota and No. 22 Kansas hosting Duke. That leaves three games with "also receiving votes" relevance: Kansas State at UCLA, Michigan State at Notre Dame and Arizona at Iowa.
Here are the nonconference records for each BCS league entering the weekend:
Conference Overall BCS
Big 12 16-6 3-1
Pac-10 13-4 4-2
SEC 13-2 3-2
Big Ten 18-4 4-3
ACC 12-4 2-4
Big East 10-3 0-3