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Sunday, October 24, 2010
Big East bowl projections

By Brian Bennett

There are a few things that would be easier right now than projecting the Big East bowl picture. Coming up with a workable Middle East peace plan, for example, or fixing the economy.

Everybody has at least two losses and six teams are either 4-3 or 3-4. Just predicting who will get to seven wins and guarantee themselves a bowl spot is hard enough.

The one bit of good news for the league is that I'm now projecting the Champs Sports Bowl back in the Big East corner after Notre Dame lost to Navy to fall to 4-4. The Irish have to go at least 7-5 to take that slot, and they still have to play Utah and USC.

I've also got a new BCS representative from the league this week. Here is a crack at deciphering this jumbled picture:

BCS (Fiesta): Pittsburgh

Champs Sports: West Virginia

Meineke Car Care: Rutgers

Birmingham: Louisville

New Era Pinstripe: Syracuse

Beef O'Brady's: Cincinnati

Home for the holidays: South Florida and UConn