Big East posteason picks, Round 3

December, 31, 2008
12/31/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's time for our last batch of Big East-related bowl picks, which culminates with Thursday's FedEx Orange Bowl and Saturday's International Bowl. Here goes nothing:

Cincinnati 21, Virginia Tech 17: These two teams are evenly matched in most areas. I just don't see the Hokies being able to score enough points to win this game against a stout Bearcats defense. Cincinnati is fast and fleet enough to contain quarterback Tyrod Taylor, so it will come down to whether Virginia Tech can pound the ball between the tackles. The Bearcats aren't going to score a ton against the Hokies' defense, either, but they have far more big-play ability with guys like Tony Pike and Mardy Gilyard. Unless Tech can come up with some patented Beamer-ball special-teams swings or Pike turns the ball over, Cincinnati will win its first BCS game.

Buffalo 27, Connecticut 20: I'm going with the upset special here. UConn limped to the finish line this season, and while Donald Brown's running numbers shouldn't suffer too much with the Canadian exchange rate, the Huskies' offense is still limited in the passing game. Buffalo, on the other hand, can put up points in a hurry with quarterback Drew Willy and running back James Starks. The Bulls are pumped up for the school's first-ever bowl appearance, and they'll clear customs with a trophy.

Last week: 1-1

Bowl season: 2-1*

Season record: 48-24 (67 percent)

* not including Brut Sun Bowl pick

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