Links at Lunch: Must-Win in the Big East; Stanford, Okie State’s Roads to New Orleans


It’s Friday, which means Big East football is afoot. Through its ascent into annual bowler, USF has never quite adjusted to road games. Conversely, Syracuse was notoriously awful at home last season. Something has to give tonight in the Carrier Dome. The Bulls’ run of consecutive postseasons dating back to 2006 is in serious jeopary, as USF is winless in the conference and needs two more victories with Miami, Louisville and West Virginia still to come. Seemingly this is a must-win for USF, but ‘Cuse quarterback Ryan Nassib tells The Post-Standard this is, in fact, must-win territory for the Orange. presents five keys that should dictate Friday night’s affair.

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The welcomed distraction of football diverts some attention from the Penn State scandal for those of us outside the Nittany Lion family. But is playing Saturday the right move? Erin Sorensen of says cancelling the clash of ranked Big Ten foes is the smart move. A chief reason is safety concerns, which Nebraska AD Tom Osborne expressed per Indeed, the threats against Michael McQueary that the Washington Post‘s Cindy Boren report have the Lions’ WR coach staying home Saturday should raise eyebrows. There are those who believe a cancellation would only serve to further punish current, and innocent PSU players. Further, it’s a step toward normalcy as Penn State seeks to escape the darkness, per Tim Hyland.

Unless something dramatically changes, the game is going ahead as planned with Tom Bradley as head coach. Kevin McGuire introduces the longtime Lion to the masses over at Crystal Ball Run.

Folks from Penn State nation are doing their part to prevent future abuse. Victory Bell Rings has details teaming up with PSU for a Nittany Lion-exclusive donation campaign.