Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Big East predictions: Week 13
By Brian Bennett
I started off strong last week, correctly predicting that West Virginia and Pittsburgh would win on the road. But then Syracuse laid another egg on the road to derail the bandwagon, and Rutgers' defense helped turn Cincinnati into Oregon. So it was another .500 week, and if there were a BCS standings for prognosticators, I'd be as invisible as the Big East.
West Virginia 17, Pittsburgh 14: This is my game of the week. Check out my video post later Wednesday afternoon for a breakdown of this game and a full explanation of the pick.
Connecticut 35, Cincinnati 21: If Louisville had made one of its two missed field goals, every Cincinnati opponent in Big East play would have scored at least 30 points. So I see that trend continuing. I don't see the Bearcats scoring 69 again. UConn stays in the picture.
Louisville 21, Rutgers 14: I have zero confidence in the Scarlet Knights and the way they are playing right now. Louisville's pressure schemes should cause problems for Rutgers' offensive line, and the Cardinals do enough on the toad to attain bowl eligibility.
Miami 27, South Florida 10: Two teams coming off disappointing losses that pushed them out of their conference title races. The Hurricanes have been up and down, but I think they have too much speed and skill for the Bulls, who will struggle mightily to score points.
Syracuse 19, Boston College 17: My time aboard the Syracuse bandwagon has been a bumpy ride, and Orange fans probably hoped I'd jump off it this week. Nope. This is a matchup of two defensive-minded teams and it could be a slog. I've got to believe Syracuse is going to win one meaningful home game before the season ends.
Last week: 2-2
Season results: 43-14 (75.4 percent)