With the possible postponement of Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night, Big East Conference football will be thrown to the forefront of the national sports spotlight as the University of Connecticut visits the University of Pittsburgh at Heinz Field (8 p.m. on ESPN). The Huskies and Panthers enter the contest with identical 3-4 overall records (1-1 in the Big East), however, Pitt enters as a 10-point favorite.
Now, if you're a Syracuse University or Rutgers University football fan who plans on watching the game, but aren't really sure who to cheer for. SB Nation New York is here to help.
Currently, the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 2-1 Big East) holds a half-game lead on Pitt and UConn. However, Rutgers has beaten the Panthers, 34-10, in a head-to-head showdown, Oct. 8. So, if the Huskies can beat Pitt then the Scarlet Knights would technically take a two-game lead on the Panthers, which is a huge advantage. Meanwhile, Rutgers plays at UConn for its last regular-season game, Nov. 26.
If you're a Rutgers fan, you're rooting for the Huskies to pull off the upset because you will like a sizable advantage over Pitt and you have a chance to control your own destiny come the last week of the season.
For the Orange (5-2, 1-1), who have yet to play either UConn or Pitt and has the same league record as both, it would like to also see the Huskies pull off the upset because a victory over the Huskies next week would give them a head-to-head advantage in a tie-breaking scenario; and it puts Pitt, which plays SU during its last regular-season game, Dec. 3, in a early-season hole. Making a possible future loss to the Panthers not as hurtful.