Big East lunchtime links: Game day in Piscataway

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's game day for South Florida and Rutgers (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET), so as usual we'll start the links with some previews to get you ready:

  • Ever since they put up a billboard on I-4 in Tampa, the Scarlet Knights have annoyed South Florida like no other program, Greg Auman writes in the St. Petersburg Times. A three-game Rutgers winning streak doesn't help either.

  • Joe Martinek had a breakout game last year in Tampa and has pretty much been Rutgers' No. 1 back ever since, Brendan Prunty writes in The Star-Ledger.

  • The Scarlet Knights will have their hands full trying to stop B.J. Daniels, Keith Sargeant says in the Home News Tribune.


  • Last year's win over West Virginia was a seminal moment for Cincinnati, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • The Mountaineers hope a healthier Jarrett Brown is a more productive Jarrett Brown, Dave Hickman says in the Charleston Gazette.

  • Justin Matthews has shaken off the nerves and may start at safety for Louisville, C.L. Brown writes in The Courier-Journal

  • Syracuse's Arthur Jones is staying positive despite his season-ending knee injury, Donnie Webb reports in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

  • Even Pittsburgh's mayor is pumped up for the Notre Dame game, Ralph N. Paulk writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.