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Big East predictions: Week 8

I had a good week last week, going 4-0 and predicting the exact margins of victory for both Rutgers and Cincinnati. Let's keep it going.

Friday

Cincinnati 24, South Florida 14: The Bulls will finally score an offensive touchdown, but they simply don't have enough firepower to keep up with Zach Collaros, Isaiah Pead and the explosive Bearcats offense. South Florida's best hope is to run the ball effectively and control the clock, and it will do reasonably well at that for a while until Cincinnati scores a couple of back-breaking touchdowns late.

Saturday

Pitt 23, Rutgers 20: This is my game of the week. Check my video post later this afternoon for a breakdown of this game and an explanation for my pick.

Louisville 25, Connecticut 22: The Cardinals have been close to pulling off a big win, coming up just short against Kentucky, Oregon State and Cincinnati. They match up well against a UConn team that hasn't been able to put it all together. Charlie Strong gets his first big victory at Louisville.

West Virginia 24, Syracuse 10: This will be standard operating procedure for the Mountaineers: Get a lead early, then let the defense take over. Syracuse doesn't have enough speed on offense to counteract the Big East's best defense, and the Orange aren't built for coming from behind.

Last week: 4-0

Season results: 36-7 (83.7 percent)