Sneak peek at the week ahead

Two games Friday. Two games Saturday. No byes.

Syracuse at Temple (ESPN2/WatchESPN, 11 a.m. ET Friday): The Orange are bowl-eligible for the second time in three years. The Owls are not, and they were denied a 12th game, so this is the end of their first season back in the Big East. Can Montel Harris do anything close to what he did last week?

South Florida at Cincinnati (ESPN/WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET Friday): USF's defense needs to rebound fast from a rout at Miami, as the Bulls are facing a Bearcats team that also boasts plenty of offensive weapons. Cincinnati is trying to recover from a home loss to Rutgers that all but ended their shot at a fourth Big East crown in the last five years.

Connecticut at Louisville (Big East Network/ESPN3, noon ET Saturday): The Huskies had an extra week to relish their first win in more than a month. The Cardinals had an extra week to recover from their first loss of the season. UConn still has a shot at bowl eligibility, while Louisville still controls its Big East title destiny.

Rutgers at Pittsburgh (ESPN2/WatchESPN noon ET Saturday): The Scarlet Knights are coming off what could prove to be a program-defining win. Like Louisville, Rutgers controls its own destiny, though Pitt, for all of its faults, would have no trouble making things difficult. (Just ask Notre Dame.)