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Sneak peek at the week ahead

No byes!

Connecticut at Syracuse (ESPN/WatchESPN, 8 p.m. ET Friday): Paul Pasqualoni is the latest coach to feel his seat warming up a bit after a loss to Temple. Pasqualoni returns to his former school for the final time before the Orange jump to the ACC. The Orange love these Friday night home games.

Rutgers at Temple (Big East Network/ESPN3, noon ET Saturday): The Owls are riding their first Big East winning streak ever, and they could make a real statement by being the first team to knock off the Scarlet Knights. Defenses and running backs will likely steal the spotlight in this matchup.

South Florida at Louisville (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday): This isn't exactly the way many thought the conference's preseason No. 2 and No. 1 teams would meet, not with USF riding a four-game losing streak. The Cardinals return home after three straight road games and will try to contain B.J. Daniels & Co. after the Bulls' bye week.

Pitt at Buffalo (Big East Network/ESPN3, 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday): Pitt wasn't great or awful in last week's loss to Louisville -- it finally had the closest thing to even and telling performance, against one of the Big East's heavyweights. A let-up on the road this week, though, would be very disappointing. Buffalo nearly took down UConn on the road earlier this season but has an atrocious defense. Its only win is against an FCS team, Morgan State.

Cincinnati at Toledo (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET Saturday): Ho-hum. Another boring Cincinnati nonconference game, right? Not exactly. It's the Bearcats' first true road game, for one. And the Rockets are 6-1, undefeated in the MAC and averaging 36.4 points per game. Their only loss is in the opener, an overtime defeat at Arizona. The Bearcats need to win for their sale and for the Big East's (hello, #MACtion), but this is no cupcake.