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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Big East bowl projections: Week 7

By Andrea Adelson

Not much reshuffling this week. Just one switch.

Also remember that the Big East does not necessarily go in order of finish when slotting its teams into bowls. Other factors are at play, including geography and where a team has made recent bowl appearances.

BCS, Discover Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. ACC. I'm still holding firm on the Mountaineers.

Champs Sports Bowl: Notre Dame. Still going with the Irish. Remember, the Champs Sports Bowl can take Notre Dame once in a four-year cycle provided it is 7-5 or better.

Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. ACC. The Bearcats need one more win to become bowl eligible.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Big 12. The Scarlet Knights also are one win away from becoming bowl eligible, and are the only team at 2-0 in league play.

BBVA Compass Bowl: USF vs. SEC. The Bulls dropped to 0-2 in league play after a disappointing loss at UConn.

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Syracuse vs. Conference USA. This one is a toss-up right now between the Orange and the Panthers.

At-large: Pitt. I still think the Panthers can become bowl eligible, but it’s hard to imagine them going 3-2 to close the season after their performances the past two weeks. Their home season finale against Syracuse could determine who goes bowling and who stays home.
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