As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Info, along with these schools' sports information departments, for the tidbits.
Syracuse has played Pitt 68 times, second to only Penn State (70). The Orange have a 30-34-3 record in those contests, averaging 19.7 points per game to the Panthers' 19.6.
The Panthers have given up just one offensive touchdown and two field goals in their last two wins. After failing to force a turnover in its first two games, Pitt has forced a combined seven in the last two games.
UConn has forced 33 3-and-out drives, the most in FBS.
After allowing the most 20-plus yard rushes in the Big East last season (21), Rutgers is one of four teams in the nation to allow just one such rush this season. The Scarlet Knights also lead the FBS in rushing yards allowed per game (62.5).
UConn’s last four games have been decided by seven points or fewer. The Huskies have outscored opponents 79-78 over that stretch. Seven of the last 10 UConn-Rutgers meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer, and three of the last four have been decided by four points or fewer.
UConn is coming off a win against Buffalo last week, but the Huskies are 0-7 following a win under Paul Pasqualoni.
UConn and Rutgers rank first and second, respectively, in the Big East in total defense, and first (Rutgers) and third (UConn) in scoring defense. Both rank in the top-six in rushing defense (Rutgers is first, UConn sixth).
The Scarlet Knights played three of their first four games on the road, but play just once on the road over the next five games. That one away game is at Temple, approximately 65 miles from campus.
Kyle Flood is one of two first-year coaches to be unbeaten with that school. Urban Meyer (Ohio State) is the other.
Temple heads into its first Big East game in eight years with one of the youngest rosters in college football. The Owls have just 13 seniors, and their 15 first-year starters through three games are the third-most in the nation, trailing only Hawaii and Air Force (18 each).
Temple and USF have never played.
The Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati series (1888) ranks fifth among most-played rivalries in the FBS (Saturday will be the 117th meeting), and it's the second-oldest FBS rivalry, trailing only Michigan-Notre Dame (1887).