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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Big East Week 13 picks


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

I have to break a real sweat this week, with five whole games to pick. But that's OK, because I'm coming off a perfect 3-0 week and am ready for a late-season roll. Bring it on.

SATURDAY

Cincinnati 24, Pittsburgh 23: I like Pitt's matchups in this game. I also like the Panthers' ability to win on the road and the fact that they had an extra week to prepare. Yet, Cincinnati just seems to have that look as a team of destiny. This is the Bearcats' biggest moment and they'll find a way to come through.

West Virginia 28, Louisville 17: The Cardinals have lost three straight and their confidence has to be shaken right now. That's no way to face West Virginia. The Mountaineers had better avoid their habit of starting slow, or else they'll let Louisville believe it can win. I see Pat White having a big game against a defense that is stout but not particularly fast up front.

Rutgers 33, Army 14: They were playing "Taps" over Rutgers' season just a few weeks ago, but after Saturday the Scarlet Knights will be bowl eligible. Army's only wins have come over Tulane, Eastern Michigan and Louisiana Tech, and the boys from West Point will be no match for Kenny Britt, Mike Teel and the punishing Rutgers defense.

Notre Dame 27, Syracuse 14: Maybe the Orange rally around their fired coach and win one for the Greggers. More likely, they'll keep things close for a half and then fold late, which is pretty much the pattern of all their non-Louisville games this season.

SUNDAY

Connecticut 22, South Florida 19: It's impossible to pick the Bulls to win any game right now. Their season is in tatters, the secondary is getting shredded and quarterback Matt Grothe has spent half the week wearing a boot. They have the look of a team just hoping the season will end. UConn, on the other hand, is rejuvenated by the return of Tyler Lorenzen at quarterback and still believes it can win the Big East. Give me the stable team over the unstable one every time, even on the road.

Last week: 3-0

Season results: 36-21 (63.2 percent)