Today in the BIG EAST- Friday, Sept. 10

Men's soccer has a full slate of games this weekend, including 13 teams playing on Friday and 12 on Sunday. Friday night features one matchup between top 25 ranked squads, as No. 20/16 Georgetown faces No. RV/22 New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., at 9:00 p.m. Two other ranked BIG EAST teams also play on Friday night, including No. 25/24 St. John's hosting Fairleigh Dickinson and No. 13/11 Louisville welcoming Fordham.
Saturday's action is highlighted by a battle between two of New England's best, with No. 10/6 Connecticut traveling to No. 6/15 Harvard.
There are a plethora of BIG EAST women's soccer teams in action this weekend with 10 league squads in action on Friday, three teams playing Saturday and 11 teams on the pitch on Sunday. Ranked teams taking the field include No. 18/25 Georgetown at James Madison (7 p.m.), No. 24/NR Rutgers at Portland (10 p.m. ET) and No. 3/4 Notre Dame at UCLA (10 p.m. ET).
On Saturday, No. NR/19 Cincinnati hosts Illinois (7 p.m.) while Marquette is at No. 11/10 BYU (9 p.m. ET).
Sunday has Villanova at No. 16/19 Wake Forest (11:30 a.m.), while No. RV/18 Louisville travels to St. Louis (2 p.m. ET). No. 3/4 Notre Dame is at Loyola Marymount (2 p.m. ET) and No. 24/NR Rutgers takes on Washington (3 p.m. ET) in Portland, Ore.
BIG EAST volleyball teams head into another weekend filled with tournaments. All 15 BIG EAST schools will be in action on Friday, Sept. 10 with 14 playing in pre-conference season tournaments. Pittsburgh highlights the Friday slate of matches as the Panthers battle No. 17 Tennessee in the Ohio University Invitational. Friday also includes Syracuse putting its perfect 8-0 record on the line at the Fordham Tournament with matches against Stony Brook and Fordham.
Saturday is another busy day for BIG EAST volleyball, with 24 total matches being played. Cincinnati, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia all play double-headers. Seton Hall has a tough test against No. 11 California at the Hilton Garden Inn Classic in Berkeley, Calif. Four BIG EAST schools enter the weekend with winning streaks of four or greater, including Syracuse and St. John's, who have both won eight straight, while Cincinnati has won five straight and Villanova has won four straight.
In field hockey action, Providence hits the road looking for its first win of the season today at 2 p.m. against No. 6 Michigan State. The Friars are 0-4 so far this season. Villanova travels to West Chester, Pa. to take on No. 1 North Carolina at 4 p.m. in the Vonnie Gros Classic. The Wildcats hold a 0-2 mark for the 2010 campaign.
BIG EAST field hockey teams will continue to play top 20 teams into the weekend as Rutgers squares off with No. 20 American Saturday and No. 9 Syracuse faces No. 17 Old Dominion. Sunday, the Scarlet Knights will take on another ranked opponent in No. 2 Maryland, while the Orange battle No. 3 Virginia. The BIG EAST is 4-5 against ranked opponents this season.
All eight BIG EAST football teams do battle on the gridiron for week two of the college football season. No. 23/22 West Virginia visiting Marshall for the Friends of Coal Bowl on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series with the Thundering Herd 9-0. The other seven BIG EAST schools are set for Saturday kickoffs, including Syracuse looking for its first 2-0 start since 1999 when the Orange travel to Washington (7 p.m. on FSN Northwest), and USF taking on No. 8/6 Florida.
Cross Country has another full weekend of meets as teams are ready for the second weekend of competition. Eight men's teams and nine women's teams are running this weekend. Four men's teams will be competing for the first time this season including Connecticut, Rutgers, USF and Georgetown. No. 16 Georgetown opens its season at the Harry Groves Invitational on Saturday in State College, Pa. On the women's side Cincinnati, No. 11 Georgetown, Rutgers and USF all open their seasons this weekend. The BIG EAST Preview meet will take place for the men this weekend, with Connecticut, DePaul, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse and West Virginia all competing.