As always, thanks to our friends at ESPN Stats & Info, along with sports information departments, for the tidbits:
Pitt's Ray Graham has 794 rushing yards on the year and is seeking his first 1,000-yard season. Last season Graham was the nation’s No. 2 rusher through seven games (134.14 avg.) before a right ACL tear against UConn ended his year. He finished this season with 958 yards.
UConn is No. 21 nationally against the run and ninth in total defense, good for second and first in the conference, respectively. (Graham did rush for 172 last week against Notre Dame, the nation's No. 11 rushing defense.)
Teddy Bridgewater has completed 67.6 percent of his passes on third down this season, the best in the Big East and sixth-best in the country (minimum 30 attempts). He has converted a first down on 50.7 percent of his third-down passes, the fifth-highest percentage in FBS.
Louisville has 15 touchdown drives of 10 plays or more, tied for fifth-most in the nation. The Cardinals have 12 touchdown drives that lasted five minutes or longer, four more than any other FBS team. They also have 12 touchdown drives of 80 yards or more, tied for fourth in FBS.
Former Syracuse walk-on Tim Byrne will be recognized Saturday. Killed tragically during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Byrne is the posthumous recipient of the 2012 Zunic Award, presented by the Syracuse Football Club. The award is given in honor of Mike (a four-year starting linebacker at Cuse) and Judy Zunic, who perished in a plane crash in 1989 after voluntarily giving up their seats to assist with the exit door during an emergency landing. The people in the area of the plane where the Zunics were originally seated survived.
Rutgers is No. 4 nationally against the run, surrendering just 88.5 yards on the ground per game. The four rushing touchdowns the Scarlet Knights have given up are the third-fewest in the nation. The 2.79 yards per carry they surrender are tied for fifth-best nationally. They have given up three runs of 20 yards or more, tied for second-fewest in the nation. Army, meanwhile, has 25 runs that have gone for 20 yards or more, sixth-most in the nation. The Black Knights have nine such passes, second-fewest in the nation.
Cincinnati has rushed for more than 200 yards in five games this season and will be facing a Temple defense that ranks last in the Big East against the run (162.25 yards/game).
Temple is 9-4-1 all-time against the Bearcats but has not beaten them since 1985. A win would give the Owls their second three-win Big East season ever.