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Where the answer to the question in the title is always "better than USF!"
Before we get to how USF's present conference mates and opponents did this weekend, let's give a shout out to our future conference partners. From Big East Coast Bias:
Now let's hope they can improve on their combined 17-19 record. On to this year's opponents. As always, the links take you to the SBNation sister site, where there is one.
NEVADA (5-1, 1-0 Mountain West) defeated Wyoming 35-28 in Reno in wild west overtime shoot-out in which both teams lost their starting QBs. GarySJ fave Cody Fajardo left with back spasms in the second half, but replacement Devin Combs won it with a 24 yard TD pass in OT.
RUTGERS (5-0, 2-0 Big East) clowned tri-state rival CONNECTICUT (3-3, 0-1 Big East), winning 19-3 in Piscataway in a game that featured 5 field goals and one touchdown. Jawan Jamison, the bane of Mark Joyce's existence, tallied another 100-yard game on the ground.
BALL STATE (3-3, 1-2 MAC) fell at home to Northern Illinois in a game that cements USF's reputation of perhaps being able to finishing 8th or 9th in the MAC.
FLORIDA STATE (5-1, 2-1 ACC) did was FSU does, falling to middling ACC team N.C. State 17-16 after leading 16-zilch at halftime. Another year, another irrelevant ACC season. The only thing E.J. Manuel engineered in the second half was the end of his Heisman campaign.
SYRACUSE (2-3, 1-0 Big East) held off PITTSBURGH (0-1, 2-2 Big East) in a 14-13 slogfest, after leading 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Orange snap their 8-game FBS losing streak (hey, even we beat them). Glad these two could put up such an exciting contest! Maybe one of them will kill FSU's title hopes next year.
MIAMI (4-2, 3-0 ACC) went to the Windy City and got the blown out, losing to Notre Dame 41-3. Notre Dame ran for a whopping 376 yards, which gives us so hope that maybe Demetris Murray might get things going on November 17.
CINCINNATI (4-0, 1-0 Big East) did whatever they wanted against long-time rival Miami of Ohio in the Battle for the Victory Bell, 52-14. Everyone's favorite cartoon character Munchie Legaux threw two TDs and rushed for one of Cinci's 4 rushing TDs.
Chattanooga (2-4, 1-1 SoCon) and LOUISVILLE (5-0, 0-0 Big East) were off this week.