I don’t have much in the way of a witty intro to this week’s edition of the rundown, so I’m going to go ahead and talk about this weekend’s games.
(25) West Virginia 20 South Florida 6
I talked a bit about this game in my weekend preview since it was a Thursday night affair, but this was a game that showed a few of the reasons why the Mountaineers are the clear Big East favorites at this point. This really isn’t the kind of West Virginia team we have been used to in recent years. They won this game with really good defense, not dynamic offense. If they can attack in the running game like they did against South Florida, they are going to win a lot of games, because the Big East is made up of a bunch of teams that like to run it.
South Florida, on the other hand, is not going to do much this year. They are breaking in a new offense with a QB who already is prone to mistakes. They are going to beat themselves more often than not and will struggle to make a bowl.
Cincinnati 35 Louisville 27
This was a pretty entertaining game between two of the more dynamic offenses the Big East has to offer. Louisville got out to an early 24-14 lead behind Bilal Powell, who is looking more and more like an NFL running back. How it took until his senior year for that kind of form to show is beyond me. Cincinnati, though, was too much on offense, outscoring the Cards 21-3 the rest of the way behind Zach Collaros’ five passing TD’s.
The Bearcats, in spite of their early season struggles, are looking they are going to make a run at defending their Big East titles from the past two seasons.
Pitt 45 Syracuse 14
Yeah, Syracuse, maybe not quite as good as that 4-1 record they had coming in. Pitt came in struggling but turned it around by stacking up Delone Carter and the Orange’s running game to the tune of just 76 yards on 25 carries. Offensively, Tino Sunseri was the star, throwing for nearly 300 yards and four TD’s.
‘Cuse was down 28-7 at halftime and had to try to throw the ball to come back. They just aren’t built for it and struggled badly, completing just 25 of 46 passes and two interceptions.
Rutgers 23 Army 20 (OT)
This is Rutgers second consecutive wins thanks to late game heroics, but what on earth was Rutgers doing to get down 17-3 in the fourth quarter to Army? Chas Dodd threw two fourth quarter TD’s to sent it to overtime, then led another touchdown drive after Army only managed a field goal on the first OT possession.
Amazingly, Rutgers had -1 (that’s right, NEGATIVE ONE) rushing yards because they couldn’t do a thing in the running game and Dodd, was sacked nine times for a loss of 74 yards.
Badly marring the win was a neck injury to Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand, who was rushed to the hospital after making a tackle on a kick return. According to the latest reports from the Hackensack University Medical Center ICU, LeGrand is paralyzed from the neck down. Too often we have these kind of reminders about how violent the game of football is. Thoughts and prayers go out to LeGrand and his family.
1. West Virginia 5-1 (1-0) – There’s a bit of a gap between them and #2 right now
2. Rutgers 4-2 (1-0) – Hard to believe I’m putting a team that just beat Army by three in this spot
3. Cincinnati 3-3 (1-0) – Could be biggest threat to WVU
4. Pitt 3-3 (1-0) – Rough start, but BE play could be the cure
5. UConn 3-3 (0-1) – Not really sure what to make of them
6. Louisville 3-3 (0-1) – Their offense is probably top three in the BE, defense, not so much
7. Syracuse 4-2 (1-1) – Yeah, they have the second best record in the conference, but no, they’re not good
8. South Florida 3-3 (0-2) – Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers