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Big East: Week Thirteen

No one ever expected Cincinnati to make a BCS bowl. Now they have a huge game with the Panthers coming up. Meanwhile, Brian Kelly is the favorite to be the next Tennessee coach. The same report says that Jim Leavitt is somewhere on the list.

UConn's senior CB Darius Butler hopes to return in time for a bowl game. They're hoping that last week's return of Tyler Lorenzen can lift the offense enough to beat a sinking USF team this weekend. UConn DT Rob Lunn is taking on Hartford Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs (basically their version of Steve Politi).

Louisville AD Tom Jurich is adamant in his support of the embattled Steve Kragthorpe. Hunter Cantwell is trying to stay positive.

Pittsburgh is cognizant that they can't afford to give up too many big plays in the air against the dangerous Bearcats. Can their revamped OL handle the relentless Connor Barwin?

As expected, Jim Leavitt has quite a bit to say about last week's debacle. Matt Grothe expects to play vs. the Huskies on Sunday. is one thing, but is taking it a little too far (thanks TNIAAM).

Dr. Daryl Gross will ultimately make the hire at Syracuse, but he's not putting all of his cards on the table yet. Meanwhile, the rumor mill turns to Notre Dame assistant Rob Ianello, ECU coach Skip Holtz, and former UMass coach Mark Whipple, who almost got the BC job two years ago. Whipple was actually RU AD Bob Mulcahy's second choice in 2000 after Gary Darnell. Could the Orange actually save Chrismukkwanzaa this year by beating Notre Dame?

West Virginia center Ryan Dent may miss the Louisville game, and up to the rest of the season.