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Starting off 1-1 isn't exactly noteworthy stuff.
What is noteworthy is the way the Big East is 1-1 against top-ranked teams thus far.
Syracuse lost to then-No. 2 USC, but it certainly wasn't blown out, losing only 42-29. The Orange held the Trojans scoreless in the first quarter and made a brief comeback—with a score of 21-16 in the third—before USC sealed the victory.
Senior Ryan Nassib was effective, tossing two scores, running for another and throwing for 322 yards against what was supposed to be a superior defense. Syracuse never gave up, giving the Trojans a tough battle one week before they were upset by Stanford.
Then, there was Pittsburgh.
The Panthers went into the Virginia Tech game last week with the nation expecting an 0-3 start to head coach Paul Chryst's season. They were supposed to be dominated in a "welcome to the ACC" preview.
Surprisingly, Pitt came out with two quick scores behind the sudden explosions of senior running back Ray Graham and senior quarterback Tino Sunseri, who accounted for all five of the team's touchdowns.
Where was this offense before? Who knows, but it was a big win for the team and a big win for the conference.
They aren't rolling over like cream puffs.