Big East Week Five Preview Blog
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Big East Blog - Looking ahead and previewing the Week 5 Games

Big East Week Five Preview

By: Joseph Garcia

Week five is a rather light one in the Big East as three of the conference's members have a bye week while the other five face a relatively weak slate of opponents.

After facing tough opponents in week four, West Virginia and Cincinnati have a well deserved rest before playing their last non-conference games of the regular season next week against UNLV and Miami, Ohio respectively. Syracuse has the week off before opening Big East play against South Florida next Saturday. Here's what to look for from the teams who will be playing in week five:

Pitt 27- FIU 14: Pitt hopes to recover from the thrashing they received at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes last week, as they host feisty Florida International from the Sun Belt. Florida International is winless in 2010, but gave their first three opponents fits, nearly pulling upsets against Rutgers and Texas A&M and giving Maryland a tough test last weekend in College Park. Expect this one to be close heading into the second half before Pittsburgh finally has a breakthrough game from Dion Lewis. Should Pitt look poor early, don't be surprised if Pat Bostick replaces the struggling Tino Sunseri.

UConn 24- Vanderbilt 21: The Big East will hope to finally notch a blow against the SEC this season when Connecticut hosts Vanderbilt for homecoming in Storrs. Cody Endres may take the bulk of the snaps this Saturday following his impressive second half performance against Buffalo last weekend. If Husky running back Jordan Todman is healthy enough to go on Saturday, then UConn should come out victorious over the Commodores porous run defense, which currently ranks near the bottom of FBS. If Todman doesn't play, then Vanderbilt may march back down to SEC country with a win.

Rutgers 30- Tulane16: Another Big East team coming off of a disappointing loss. Rutgers had plenty of chances to topple North Carolina last weekend, but couldn't muster the required offense to finish the job. One good sign out of the first few weeks for the Scarlet Knights is that their defense is playing above expectations. The defensive play will go a long way in helping the offense to have plenty of chances to put up points, while keeping Tulane's opportunities to a minimum.

Louisville 31- Arkansas State 17: This is a tricky road trip for the Cardinals, but is also a must win if new coach Charlie Strong hopes to lead Louisville back to a bowl game in his first year in charge. Louisville struggled against Arkansas State last season, but the Cardinals should be well rested off of a bye week and are much more confident than in 2009.

South Florida 27- Florida Atlantic 7: The Bulls play host to another Sun Belt squad after sluggishly dispatching Western Kentucky last weekend. The offense will hope to be in better form as Big East play opens next weekend for the Bulls. Florida Atlantic will pumped up to try and defeat an in-state rival, but Skip Holtz will open the playbook and let BJ Daniels show his strengths early, before giving the Owls a heavy dose of running backs Moise Plancher and Demetris Murray to finish off the game.

Last Week: 6-1
Season: 25-3