Time for a little Big East: Did you know? to get you ready for Week 4. Special thanks to the Big East, school sports information staffs and ESPN Stats & Information for the great nuggets below.
Pitt coach Todd Graham is trying to make a little bit of history against Notre Dame. No coach has ever beaten the Irish in consecutive seasons while coaching for two different schools. Only three coaches have ever beaten Notre Dame while coaching two different schools (Howard Jones with Iowa and USC, Johnny Majors with Pittsburgh and Tennessee, Dennis Erickson with Miami and Oregon State). Graham was coach at Tulsa last season.
West Virginia has allowed 153 plays of 10 yards or longer since the start of the 2010 season, fifth fewest in FBS. Yet, in its last game against Maryland, the Mountaineers allowed 17 such plays, which is the most they have allowed since November 2007 in a win against Connecticut.
How about the passing strategy for the West Virginia offense? ESPN Insider Teddy Metrosilis has something for the Mountaineers to consider.
Syracuse has a winning record despite being outscored by a combined 81-74 margin this year and being outgained by an average 391-328 margin.
At halftime of the Syracuse-Toledo, the school will honor late Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, who died this summer after a long battle with dementia. Mackey played for the Orange from 1960-62. The first 10,000 fans to the game will receive a commemorative magnet featuring Mackey’s No. 88 as well a card highlighting his college and professional football accomplishments.
Rutgers K San San Te has made all five of his field goal attempts this season and ranks seventh on the Big East career list (49). That puts him second all-time in school history behind Jeremy Ito (2204-07). Te also is tied for third nationally in 2011 with 2.50 field goals per game.
Under Greg Schiano, Rutgers is 7-1 against MAC opponents. The Scarlet Knights have won six straight games against the MAC, with the last loss coming against Buffalo in 2002.
UTEP not only plays USF for the first time, but plays a Big East team for the first time in school history.
Bet you did not expect this before the season began: USF linebacker Michael Lanaris has a team-high 20 tackles, while defensive tackle Claude Davis leads the team with three sacks.
Two big reasons UConn is 1-2: The Huskies have committed eight turnovers in three games and converted just 28 percent of their third-down chances (11-of-40.)
It is Coach to Cure MD week around college football, and each Big East coaching staff will wear a special arm patch to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A total of 109 of the 120 FBS programs are participating. Louisville coaches will wear the patch next week when the Cardinals play Marshall.