- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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The good news for the Big East bowl picture from over the weekend is that the league has exactly six bowl eligible teams for six spots. The bad news is that Notre Dame won at USC to get its seventh win, making it eligible to take the Big East's No. 2 slot in the Champs Sports Bowl.
I think the Orlando game will snatch up the Irish, who are on a three-game winning streak, leaving one Big East team searching for an at-large spot. And that team will be 6-6 Louisville, which I'm projecting to take the vacant Big Ten spot in the Little Caesars Bowl (Hello, December in Detroit!).
You can tell by the rest of my projections who I expect to win this week's big matchups.
BCS (Fiesta): West Virginia
Meineke Car Care: Connecticut
BBVA Compass: South Florida
New Era Pinstripe: Syracuse
Beef O'Brady's: Pittsburgh
Little Caesars (at-large): Louisville
Eliminated from postseason: Rutgers, Cincinnati