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Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Could a 12-0 Cincinnati get "Utah-ed?" The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Daugherty thinks that's a distinct possibility.

"The BCS helps and hurts UC. The Bearcats are in a BCS conference. They have a chance to play for it all every January, at least in theory, and they can make a big-time bowl by winning the Big East. But the BCS has strangled a winner-take-all opportunity for all but the bluest of bloods."

  • The Schwartzwalder Trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the West Virginia-Syracuse game, and it pains Doug Marrone that the hardware has been in Morgantown since 2001, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

  • Bill Stewart vows to stay aggressive and go after Syracuse's weak pass defense, Bob Hertzel says in the Times West Virginian.

  • Forget fancy spread offenses. UConn-Pitt will be old-school, smashmouth football, John Grupp writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  • The Hartford Courant's Jeff Jacobs talks about the injury saga of UConn linebacker Scott Lutrus.

  • Jim Leavitt said he had nothing to do with a new billboard in Tampa proclaiming South Florida as a member of the new Big Four, Greg Auman writes in the St. Petersburg Times.

  • A position switch worked out well for new starting Rutgers offensive lineman Desmond Wynn, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger.