Friday, November 27, 2009
Listen, I’m on vacation so here is the abbreviated version of Big East picks. Enjoy the holiday weekend.
Last Week: 1-2
Rutgers at Louisville: Expect the Knights to turn around this week, following the ugly loss to Syracuse. The Cards have been playing better, and will keep this one close. However, just too much pressure from Rutgers offensively for Louisville to keep it close.
Syracuse at Connecticut: The Orange were fantastic last weekend against Rutgers. Syracuse will have to be even better this time around for any chance to beat a determined UConn team. The Huskies need one win to become bowl eligible, and if the defense shows up it will happen this weekend. Connecticut should control the clock with the running game, and take down a beat-up ‘Cuse squad.
Prediction: 31-21 Connecticut
Illinois at (5) Cincinnati: Some say this is a trap game. I don’t buy it. Juice Williams can certainly be a threat, but the Illinois defense will struggle quite a bit against the potent Cincinnati attack. With Tony Pike back, the Bearcats will be hitting on all cylinders. Cincinnati will go into the Pitt game with an undefeated record.
Prediction: 34-17 Cincinnati
(17) Miami at South Florida: Hilarity will once again ensue for the Bulls, easily the most inconsistent team in the conference. There is truly no predicting how this team will play week-to-week. Considering this is a rivalry game I’ll give the nod to the home team. And USF is normally very solid against instate opponents. Expect a close game, with the Bulls’ defense being the difference.
Prediction: 24-20 South Florida
Game of the Week: (9) Pittsburgh at West Virginia: It’s Backyard Brawl time once again. The Panthers are looking to stay in the BCS hunt, while West Virginia looks for a signature win. It won’t happen here. The Panthers should have a lot of success offensively. Look for Bill Stull to have fantastic passing numbers against a brutal Mountaineer secondary. The pass could set up the run as well, which means a potential huge day for Dion Lewis. It’s senior day for WVU and a rivalry game so it could be close. But, the Mountaineers are just not at Pitt’s level.
Prediction: 27-21 Pitt