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Ten things (almost) to watch in the Big East

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Not sure if I can come up with 10 legitimate things to look for in this weekend's crummy Big East schedule. Let's see how far we can make it:

1. The haves vs. the have-nots: It's not a scintillating weekend in the Big East by any means, but the gap between the contenders and the pretenders could grow even wider. Cincinnati begins league play against 1-4 Rutgers, which will be all but written off with another loss. West Virginia looks to go 2-0 in league play against Syracuse, which has won only two Big East games under Greg Robinson.

2. Mike Teel and Kenny Britt vs. the Cincinnati secondary: The Bearcats have won the past two meetings and picked off Teel seven times in those two games, led by cornerback Mike Mickens. The Scarlet Knights' best weapon is Britt, who had 12 catches for 151 yards last week against West Virginia and is fourth nationally in receptions. "We need to know where he is with our linebackers and safeties," Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly said. "We have to know where he is at all times."

3. Chazz Anderson vs. the Rutgers defense: Anderson managed the game well in his first career appearance last week at Marshall. But the Cincinnati redshirt freshman quarterback will see a rise in competition as the Bearcats enter league play. The Scarlet Knights have the best pass defense in the Big East. However, they have grabbed only two interceptions, both of them coming against Morgan State.

4. Pat White: How healthy is the West Virginia quarterback after leaving the last two games early, first with a bruised thumb and then after getting hit in the helmet? The Mountaineers say he's fine and will play against Syracuse. The Orange defense might make him feel a lot better. He had 247 rushing yards on just 15 carries the last time Syracuse came to Morgantown and 237 total yards last year in the Carrier Dome.

5. Syracuse's running game: For the Orange to have chance at all in Morgantown, they will need to control the clock and run the ball successfully. The rushing attack showed promise last time out against Pittsburgh until a second-half collapse. They've had a week off to get ready for this enormous challenge.

6. The Memphis blitz vs. the Louisville offense: Memphis has recorded 10 quarterback sacks in its past two games and will probably come after Hunter Cantwell to see just how well the Louisville quarterback's ankle has healed. That's a risk, though, because the Cardinals can burn the Tigers with quick-strike plays to speedsters like Victor Anderson and Doug Beaumont.

7. The Louisville defense vs. a well-rounded offense: The Cardinals' defense has been much-improved and is one of the best statistically in the Big East and the nation. But it's also true that they have played mostly one-dimensional teams like Kentucky (couldn't pass), Kansas State (wouldn't run) and Connecticut (didn't throw well until Zach Frazer got going). What can Louisville do against a multi-dimensional attack like Memphis, which is averaging 190 yards rushing and 272 yards passing and a quarterback who can move in Arkelon Hall?

8. The remote control: OK, so there's really not a whole lot to hold your attention in the Big East this weekend, and the league's slate will be done by about 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Feel free to click around. We won't judge.