Today in the BIG EAST- Friday, Sept. 3

After two BIG EAST schools got the football season started Thursday night, the other six get going on Saturday. Three teams kickoff at 3:30 p.m., including a pair of ABC telecasts as Connecticut visits the Big House for the Huskies' first ever meeting with Michigan and Louisville faces Kentucky for the 22nd time for the Governor's Cup. Head coach Charlie Strong makes his debut for the Cardinals, taking on another first year head coach in Joker Philips for Kentucky. West Virginia rounds out the games in the 3:30 p.m. time slot as the Mountaineers' play their home-opener against FCS opponent Coastal Carolina.
Syracuse hits the road to face Akron at 6 p.m., while USF hosts Stony Brook at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati plays the late game on the West Coast, as the Bearcats face-off with Fresno State at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. Head coach Butch Jones will debut on the sideline for Cincinnati, who has won the last two BIG EAST titles outright.
Six BIG EAST field hockey teams are in action this weekend, including three top 20 match-ups. Four BIG EAST teams hit the field today as No. 5 Connecticut hosts No. 18 Penn State at 1 p.m., while No. 8 Syracuse travels to No. 14 Ohio State for a 3 p.m. start. Providence will face Boston University at 1 p.m. today, while Rutgers squares off against Ohio for the Scarlet Knights' home-opener at 4 p.m.
Field hockey action continues into the weekend as No. 13 Louisville hits the road Saturday, Sept. 4 to take on No. 12 James Madison for a noon start, while the No. 8 Orange play Kent State at 2 p.m. The No. 13 Cardinals battle American at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, with the No. 5 Huskies taking on Michigan for UConn's third-straight home contest. So far this field hockey season, the BIG EAST is 6-7 (.462) overall and 0-4 against top 20 teams.         
Volleyball has a full slate of games this weekend, with all 15 teams playing in pre-conference season tournaments. Friday will see 14 of those teams in action and includes Connecticut opening its season at home against Hartford as part of the UConn Toyota Classic. Seton Hall highlights Friday's matches, as the Pirates travel to University Park to take on No. 1 Penn State as part of the Nittany Lion Classic. Louisville also faces a top 25 opponent in No. 24 Arizona at the Wildcat Classic. All 15 teams are on the court on Saturday. Marquette faces a tough test with No. 3 Stanford at the Stanford Invitational, while USF takes on No. 16 in the Kentucky Classic.
The weekend also has a full slate of women's soccer action with every team playing. Highlighting Friday games, Marquette takes on No. 14/21 San Diego State in Minneapolis, Minn., while No. 3/4 Notre Dame hosts No. 8/9 Santa Clara. Both No. NR/19 Cincinnati and No. RV/23 Louisville, who jumped into the national polls this week, have Friday night home contests as well. With just two games on Saturday, 13 league teams hit the field on Sunday. UConn hosts No. 16/17 Penn State, while Syracuse travels to No. 4/3 University of Portland.
Every men's soccer team is also on the field this weekend, with games taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday will feature numerous top 25 matchups, including Seton Hall against No. 3/7 Wake Forest, No. 20/20 Louisville vs. No. 11/8 Duke, No. NR/18 Notre Dame vs. No. 5/11 UCLA and No. 17/15 St. John's vs. Virginia Tech. Five teams play Saturday, with No. 16/19 USF highlighting the day with a game against No. NR/25 St. Louis. No. 22/10 Connecticut is also in action against Yale. Another nine games are played on Sunday, with another battle of top 25 teams taking place between No. 17/15 St. John's and No. 2/3 Virginia.
Cross Country kicks off its season this weekend, with six men's teams and nine women's teams in action. On the men's side, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will run in various invtiationals on Friday and Saturday. On the women's side, two top 20 ranked teams will hit the course, including No. 15 West Virginia and No. 17 Notre Dame. Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John's and Seton Hall will also get their seasons started this weekend.