Three weeks down, thirteen to go. The college football landscape is off to a wild start. Here’s a smattering of what we learned about the Big East in Week 3.
1. Rutgers might be for real. Questions were raised about the Scarlet Knights offense as they headed down to Tampa for the first Big East game of the season. 424 yards later, Kyle Flood looks to have a complete football team. If Gary Nova can sling it like he did on Thursday night — 277 yards, 1 TD, 0 turnovers — this team will be heard from down the stretch.
2. Louisville dominated — when they wanted to. At 29-0, you may have turned off this game. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they looked to as well. The final score (39-34) illustrated the strengths and weaknesses of Charlie Strong’s team. Teddy Bridgewater gives them an edge over almost every opponent they’ll see, but they aren’t good enough to give half effort.
3. Pitt is the Jekyll and Hyde of Big East teams. After looking dead for back-to-back weeks, the Panthers pulled off the shocker of the week by manhandling Virginia Tech. At 21-0 in the second quarter, this game was over before the Hokies knew what hit them. Most experts thought Pitt had talent before the season. It took the team three weeks to realize it for themselves.
4. Connecticut would be undefeated with a decent offense. The 24-21 win in Maryland masks the problems this Huskies team faces on the offensive side of the football. Right now, there’s not enough scoring potential to win big games against big teams. They can beat the bad ones, though.
5. Syracuse is unexplainable. The Orange blew a golden opportunity for an opening week win against Northwestern, competed with USC, and nearly saw Stony Brook beat them in their building. All the confidence that was built up from the USC game was nearly evaporated when the Stony Brook contest went into the 4th quarter as a four-point game.
6. Cincinnati wins despite a poor effort. Six turnovers at the hands of Delaware State shows a serious lack of focus just a week after defeating a Big East team in Pitt.