Four weeks down, twelve 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 4
1. Rutgers doesn’t have to apologize for the mess in Arkansas. Sure, the Razorbacks are a mess. From coaching to injuries to turmoil, the former Top 10 team is a shell of itself in the SEC. None of that mattered on Saturday when Rutgers won a road game in Fayetteville. Gary Nova was tremendous, capped off by a 60-yard touchdown strike to break Arkansas’ back in the 4th. Zero turnovers and nearly twenty minutes (39:02-20:58) of extra possession time is a winning formula. Rutgers is for real, folks.
2. Louisville wins despite a mediocre effort. Charlie Strong’s team is better than they showed on Saturday against Florida International, but they escaped with a road victory. Despite losing the turnover battle and time of possession to a poor team, the Cardinals held a two score lead until late in the 4th quarter.
3. Pittsburgh has rebounded quickly. It’s hard to make much of a 45-point victory over Gardner-Webb, but it would have been easy for this Panthers team to look past a team like this after an emotional first victory over Virginia Tech last weekend. They look totally different than the team who lost at home to Youngstown State in the season opener.
4. South Florida has fallen a notch below Louisville and Rutgers. While no one will confuse the top of the Big East for BCS contenders, South Florida just isn’t on the tier of the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights. While road games are difficult, South Florida has to walk into Ball State and win to be taken seriously. That being said, history might look back on this game to show that the better team absolutely won. Ball State is a solid 3-1 outfit.
5. Syracuse can’t get out of their own way. When their offense scores, the defense fails. When the defense fails, the offense scores. It’s going to be a long, long year in Syracuse.