1. Jacquian Williams: The South Florida senior linebacker was named Big East defensive player of the week for his 11-tackle performance against Rutgers. He has been involved in key plays at the end of the last two Bulls' wins, sacking Chas Dodd on a fourth down last week and pressuring Chazz Anderson to seal the Cincinnati victory.
2. Jeremy Wright: The Louisville freshman took home offensive player of the week honors after running for 98 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse in place of the injured Bilal Powell. "He's not very big, but he's a tremendous runner and he plays very hard," coach Charlie Strong says of the 5-foot-11, 199-pound Wright.
3. Maikon Bonani: Closing out our trio of player of the week honorees is Bonani, the USF kicker who has made 8-of-9 field goals since taking over for Eric Schwartz.
4. Brandon Dunn: The Louisville true freshman has started three straight games at defensive tackle and has helped solidify the Cardinals' run defense. Strong says Dunn has "tremendous strength and tremendous quickness" and gives "relentless effort."
5. Greg Romeus: The reigning Big East co-defensive player of the year has resumed practicing after September back surgery and could be back for Pittsburgh on Thursday night against Connecticut.
6. Paul Pasqualoni: After a staff shakeup, the former Syracuse head coach is the new defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, though he may not last long in that position.
1. Rutgers' defense: We usually praise the Scarlet Knights' defense while lamenting the poor play by the offensive side of the ball. But Rutgers hasn't exactly been been stonewalling people lately, giving up 69 points in two straight Big East losses. The sack numbers and tackles for loss are way down, too.
2. Syracuse's passing game: The Orange are averaging just 140 yards through the air in Big East play, and their 54.6 completion percentage is seventh in the league. That's been good enough to win three conference games, but it needs to improve for Syracuse to get to a higher level.
3. Marcus Campbell: The UConn defensive end was given another chance this season by Randy Edsall after having to sit out 2009 because of academics. On Monday, Campbell -- who was already out for the season with a knee injury -- was arrested and charged with stealing a backpack and a laptop computer. Guys like Campbell and Cody Endres have not rewarded Edsall's faith in them.
4. Greg Robinson: The man who replaced Pasqualoni and sunk Syracuse to new depths may not last long in his current position. The scrutiny on Michigan's defensive coordinator didn't lessen after last week's win, as the Wolverines gave up 65 points to Illinois.