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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Predictions: Big East Week 6

By Andrea Adelson

Three upsets left me at 3-3 last week, but 30-7 overall through five weeks. Not too bad, but now I see why this league is so unpredictable. Only four games on tap this week. How do I see them shaking out?

Louisville (2-2) at North Carolina (4-1), noon, ESPN2. The Cardinals are struggling to run the ball and score, two big factors in their 2-2 start. It is unknown whether Will Stein or Victor Anderson will play. The last time North Carolina played a team from the Big East, the Tar Heels were sloppy but still came out with a win. I think they are better on offense, and that makes the difference. North Carolina 24, Louisville 14.

UConn (2-3) at No. 16 West Virginia (4-1), noon, ESPN3. The Huskies beat West Virginia for the first time ever last year, thanks to four Mountaineers turnovers. You think that is going to happen again? I don't. After seeing UConn have a tough time stopping Alex Carder and Western Michigan, how on earth are the Huskies going to stop Geno Smith? West Virginia 38, UConn 13.

Pitt (3-2) at Rutgers (3-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU. Both teams are coming off wins, but Pitt looked better in its victory over USF than Rutgers did in its win over Syracuse. The Panthers finally had a complete effort for an entire game. Rutgers has yet to announce who will start at quarterback. Pitt 28, Rutgers 17.

Syracuse (3-2) at Tulane (2-3), 8 p.m. The Orange are coming off a tough double-overtime loss to Rutgers, but they did have a defensive performance worthy enough of a win. Plus, safety Shamarko Thomas is expected back and that should add even more help. Watch for Ryan Nassib and Antwon Bailey to rebound from sub-par games last week. Syracuse 35, Tulane 20.