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2012 College Football Schedule: Rutgers, Syracuse and Rest Of Big East In Non-Conference Action

Key non-conference matchups featuring Rutgers and Syracuse highlight the Big East schedule in Week 4.

Sept 8, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova (15) looks to pass during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium.  Rutgers defeated Howard 26-0.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Sept 8, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova (15) looks to pass during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers defeated Howard 26-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Before the Big East schedule truly heats up, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Syracuse Orangemen will travel to take on non-conference foes from other AQ conferences as Rutgers visits the Arkansas Razorbacks and Syracuse takes on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The matchup with the Razorbacks will likely attract national attention for the Scarlet Knights as Arkansas aims to rebound from its dismantling against the Alabama Crimson Tide after they dropped a stunner to the ULM Warhawks. At 3-0, Rutgers will have a chance to help bolster the Big East with a victory.

The Orangemen will be looking to hand Minnesota its first loss, after the Golden Gophers cruised through their last two games.

This week's Big East schedule:

Connecticut Huskies vs. Western Michigan Broncos, Sept. 22, 2 p.m., ESPN3

Temple Owls vs. Penn State Nittany Lions, Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

Ball State Cardinals vs. South Florida Bulls, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m., GamePlan/ESPN3

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Arkansas Razorbacks, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., WatchESPN/ESPNU

Louisville Cardinals vs. Florida International Golden Panthers, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Syracuse Orangemen vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers, 8 p.m., Big Ten Network