Time to take a look back at the Big East in Week 11 before moving on to Week 12.
The good: If you like parity, you love the Big East. Six teams have a shot for either an outright or shared conference title with three weeks left. That might be good for fans of those teams -- Cincinnati, West Virginia, Rutgers, Louisville, Pitt and UConn -- but not so much for national respect. The Big East has no teams in the latest BCS standings, while the Mountain West and Conference USA have two each. ... West Virginia has had major problems with its special teams all season, but its much-maligned unit came up with the play of the day in a 24-21 win against Cincinnati. Eain Smith blocked the potential game-tying 31-yard field goal with no time left, giving him the first field goal block of his career. It also was the first time since 2004 that West Virginia blocked a field goal in the game. Geno Smith was his usual terrific self, throwing for 372 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Smith tied a Big East record with his seventh 300-yard game of the season, matching Brian Brohm of Louisville in 2007. Even though Cincinnati lost, the Bearcats had a season-high 18 tackles for loss in the game. ... Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu broke the Big East record for single-season receptions and now has 94 and counting. Sanu is ranked second nationally in receptions (9.4 rpg), trailing only Jordan White of Western Michigan (11.0 rpg). Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights recorded their sixth non-offensive touchdown of the season after getting a touchdown off a blocked punt. ... Pitt beat Louisville 21-14 for its first road win of the season. The Panthers had been 0-2 going into the game. The win also was the first of the season when they scored fewer than 35 points. Receiver Devin Street has now posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. ... USF broke its four-game Big East losing streak with a 31-17 win against Syracuse. Eleven different receivers caught a pass in the game, and the Bulls had eight tackles for a loss as they put together their most complete effort of the season.
The bad: Cincinnati took double blows on Saturday, losing the game and starting quarterback Zach Collaros, now out for the season with a broken right ankle. Bearcats fans can look to 2009 to keep their hopes up, when Collaros had to start the season while starter Tony Pike recovered from an arm injury. Cincinnati made the BCS that season. ... What has gone wrong in Syracuse? The Orange dropped their third straight game and have somehow forgotten how to score. After putting up 49 points on West Virginia, Syracuse has scored a combined 48 points in its past three games. ... Louisville also saw its three-game wining streak stopped after another subpar performance from the offense. The Cardinals appeared to be turning a corner, especially in their past two games, in which they had scored 14 points in each of the first quarters. In a loss to Pitt, they managed 14 points the entire game, the sixth time this season they have failed to score 20 or more points. In those six games, Louisville is 1-5. The defense also gave up a season-high 200 yards rushing, to a team missing its best player in Ray Graham.
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia. Bailey had his seventh 100-yard game of the season in a win against Cincinnati, pushing him over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Bailey has 1,037 yards on the season.
Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse. Lemon had 10 receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns against USF, giving him 336 receiving yards in the past two games. He is the first Syracuse player to register back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Taj Smith in 2007.
Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati. Pead now has 3,095 career rushing yards, ranking third on the school's all-time list.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse. Nassib has completed 217 passes this season, breaking his own single-season school record of 202, set last year.
Week 12 schedule
Cincinnati at Rutgers, noon, ESPNU
Louisville at UConn, noon, Big East Network
Miami at USF, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU