There's much on the line for USF (6-3, 3-2 Big East). A win would be the Bulls' fourth straight in the conference, matching their high for league wins in six seasons in the Big East. A win, coupled with Syracuse and West Virginia losses, would allow USF to play for the conference title Dec. 4 against UConn. Pittsburgh (5-4, 3-1) has struggled on the road, losing at Utah, Notre Dame and UConn. A good crowd is expected, with an announced attendance in the high 40,000s likely, the highest for USF this season.
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Pitt's potent offense, led by RBs Ray Graham, left (760 yards, 6.9 avg.) and Dion Lewis (556, 4.6). Plus 6-foot-5 WR Jon Baldwin (39 catches, 641 yards, 5 TDs) has played well vs. the Bulls. QB Tino Sunseri has been solid as a first-year starter — 13 TDs against six INTs. The challenge for USF is much like what it faced at Cincinnati, with a balanced offense. USF won by keeping the Bearcats out of the end zone, making them settle for field goals.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
USF vs. Pittsburgh, noon, ESPN2, 970-AM