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Cincinnati, which gave up just 15 sacks in the 2009 regular season, got shoved around by Florida in the Sugar Bowl and has already allowed 18 sacks this season. The Bearcats now have just 12 players on offense and defense who played in the Sugar Bowl.

“We’re going through a phase,” Jones said. “We’re very youthful right now.”

The league gets another chance to improve its dismal showing with five non-conference matchups this week. The only one against a BCS foe is Vanderbilt at Connecticut.

“I think we need a win for ourselves,” Edsall said. “I think we need a win for the Big East. All of us always feel that way.”

Maybe the fortunes will turn around when it comes time to hand out bowl invitations.

“I think two months from now,” Wannstedt said, “we’ll be not surprised, but we’ll be well represented.”

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