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Big East picks, Week 12

It's becoming a surprise anymore whenever I miss a pick.

I went 4-0 last week. Ho. Hum. That's six of the past seven weeks where I've gone undefeated. Only three games this week? Come on, I need a challenge.

Notre Dame 28, Connecticut 24: Both teams have been reeling -- the Irish have lost two straight to put their coach's job in jeopardy, while UConn has lost three nail-biters in a row since the death of Jasper Howard. The Huskies had an extra week to prepare and have an offensive line and running game to give the Irish plenty of trouble. I just don't trust the UConn defense, especially in the secondary, against Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd. Notre Dame wins one for Charlie Weis and its seniors.

Rutgers 27, Syracuse 7: The Orange have totaled 19 points in their last two games since Mike Williams quit. Now they're going up against a defense that has hit its stride and is adept at creating turnovers. That's not a good matchup for interception machine Greg Paulus. Rutgers wins easily to continue its late-season run.

South Florida 31, Louisville 13: The last two times the Cardinals went to Tampa, they lost by a combined 69 points. And those were good, high-scoring Louisville teams. The Bulls were brutally bad against Rutgers last week, but they'll have far too much speed and firepower for the Cards to handle.

Last week: 4-0

Season: 49-8 (86 percent)