Time to move along to Week 6 in my ultimate Big East road trip. For those just tuning in, I am selecting the games I would choose to see each and every week this season.
My editors usually do that for me. But if the scheduling were up to me, this is where I would want to go.
Here is the Week 6 schedule:
Fri., Oct. 5
Pitt at Syracuse
Sat., Oct. 6
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati
UConn at Rutgers
USF at Temple
My choice: UConn at Rutgers
Why: There are a few pretty interesting matchups this week. You have the nationally televised Pitt-Syracuse game, in what could be their final meeting as Big East members. Syracuse has that ol' Friday night magic at the Carrier Dome, too, something I would love to see in person. Then you have Temple opening Big East play (again) with a home game against USF. But I am going with a rivalry game that I should have mentioned last week.
When you think of rivals in the Big East, UConn-Rutgers is probably not the first that comes to mind. But this has developed into a pretty good one through the years. Before last season, the previous three games had been decided by three points or fewer. But alas, UConn unleashed the fury in 2011 and dominated Rutgers in one of the bigger shocks of the year. You can bet this one is going to be circled on Rutgers' calendar because of what happened. Big East championship hopes on the line, all Rutgers has to do is beat a 4-6 UConn team without much doing on offense.
Instead, the Scarlet Knights turned the ball over six times, lost 40-22 and fell short of winning their first Big East championship. This year, Rutgers is expected to contend for a league title, while many are still wondering what to expect out of UConn in Year 2 under coach Paul Pasqualoni. Both have quarterback questions once again, but both should have two of the better defenses in the league. The last time these two teams met in New Jersey, Rutgers won 27-24 on a field goal by San San Te with 13 seconds left.
Here are my previous choices: