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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Big East picks, Week 10


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Hubris. It will bite you ever time.

I got a little too cocky about my 17-0, four-week run last week, and then I crashed and burned to a 2-2 record (though I was just 22 seconds away from a respectable 3-1 mark). I'm taking a more modest approach this week to the light slate of three games.

Cincinnati 34, Connecticut 17: The Huskies have been impossible to blow out this year, with their four losses coming by a total of 13 points. Cincinnati is winning by an average margin of nearly 26 points. So something's got to give. I lean toward the Bearcats' dominance, especially at home and given Zach Frazer's erratic play at quarterback for UConn.

Pittsburgh 31, Syracuse 14: Pitt has had a week off to heal and get ready, while Syracuse has had all kinds of turmoil this week with the Mike Williams situation, suspensions and fan debate over Greg Paulus. That's not a good combination in the Orange's favor, especially on the road. Pitt wins big and turns its attention to its crucial three-game finishing stretch.

West Virginia 35, Louisville 10: Hey, remember when this used to be the league's hottest rivalry? Steve Kragthorpe's teams have actually played pretty well against the Mountaineers the past two years, but West Virginia is steaming mad after the loss at South Florida. Louisville will pay the price. The Cardinals' spotty offense won't be good enough to keep up in Morgantown.

Last week: 2-2

Season: 42-8 (84 percent)