The Big East is the only league yet to start conference play.
That changes Friday, however, when Connecticut visits Rutgers for a 7:30 p.m. ESPN game and Syracuse returns from a bye to visit South Florida at noon Saturday.
The most important game to the league, however, could again be a non-conference matchup: Pittsburgh at Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
After going 4-1 (albeit a rather nondescript 4-1) last week in the final full set of non-conference games, the Big East is 19-14 in all games, 10-14 against FBS opponents, 2-10 against teams from BCS leagues and 0-5 against Top 25 teams.
In other words, the Big East will take what it can get, even if the Fighting Irish are but 2-3.
Of course, the Pitt-Notre Dame game also has a twist. The Fighting Irish coach is Brian Kelly, who led Cincinnati to two Big East titles in his three years in the conference. By knocking off the struggling Panthers, the league's preseason favorite, Kelly could once again make waves.
"Notre Dame is a very talented team," said Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt. "I know Brian Kelly from being in the league and, schematically, there are a lot of similarities offensively, defensively and in special teams. It's a big game for us, going on the road."
Both teams are coming off victories, but 2-2 Pitt's was over Florida International, while Notre Dame's was over Boston College.
The league's other conference matchup sets up as a test between two 3-1 teams, Syracuse and South Florida.
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, however, is undertaking the part of the underdog coach.
"Since arriving in the Big East, South Florida has really dominated us," Marrone said. "[USF coach] Skip Holtz knows how to win and has an all-star staff. Plus, they are coming off their best game of the year."
He's correct in that USF has dominated. The Bulls have won all five meetings. Also, Syracuse is an 8-point underdog. The Orange may have developed a nice connection between quarterback Ryan Nassib, ranked first in the Big East in pass efficiency, and receiver Van Chew, but the Bulls have the league's top pass defense.
When Memphis visits Louisville it will be a matchup between a Conference USA team (the former) and a former C-USA team (the latter).
Louisville, a Big East team that once soared before crashing of late, is 2-2 after turning in its best offensive performance of the season last week in a 34-24 win at Arkansas State.
Memphis is 1-4. The Tigers dropped back-to-back games for the second time this season after losing to Tulsa 48-7 last Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Williams was also knocked out and suffered a mild concussion. Coach Larry Porter, however, has not ruled out his QB for this non-conference game.