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Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

  • Pitt center Robb Houser suffered an ugly, season-ending ankle injury against Rutgers last year and will have to be ready for the Scarlet Knights' pressure on Friday, John Grupp says in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  • Cincinnati receiver Mardy Gilyard says his coaches are fired up to be going against South Florida and ex-colleague Joe Tresey, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • Bill Stewart says the Marshall-West Virginia game will be closer than people think, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail.

  • Randy Edsall wants more leadership out of his defensive upperclassmen, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant.

  • Cincinnati and South Florida are similar in that they're both located in major cities with pro sports franchises, Joey Johnston writes in the Tampa Tribune.

  • Rutgers' Jonathan Freeny may be second in the Big East in sacks, but former teammate Jamaal Westerman has challenged him to do even more, Keith Sargeant says in the Home News Tribune.

  • The Syracuse Post-Standard's Donnie Webb wonders why Greg Paulus is such a lightning rod.