Fun Friday – Big East Predictions

Fun Friday – Big East Predictions

Things in the Big East never go as planned, or do they? 2012 seems a bit more steady than most years in the conference, but things can change any given week. Here are the CuseNation.com staff predictions for Week 7.

Idle: South Florida

Pittsburgh vs. Louisville (11am, ESPNU)

Dan Tortora - Louisville has their sights set on a BCS berth, holding a position in the nation's Top 25. Though Pittsburgh will fight hard after leaving the Carrier Dome last week with a bad taste in their mouth, the Cardinals will be too much: Louisville gets the win, 38-20.

Mike McAllister - The Cardinals have struggled on the road, and the Panthers will be angry after losing a close game at Syracuse last week. In an upset, Pittsburgh wins 21-16

John Garcia Jr. - Pittsburgh's offensive line struggled with Syracuse's group last week, and Louisville's unit is arguably the best in the Big East. UofL can dominate the trenches, as it showed even in a monsoon-like setting against Southern Miss earlier this season, and it will enable Teddy Bridgewater to establish play-action passes that will break Pitt's back. Cards roll, 28-13.

Rutgers vs. Syracuse (Noon, BIG EAST Network)

Dan Tortora - Rutgers come into the game ranked in the Top 25 and at home, but their home is close enough to many Syracuse alum, which should take away from the crowd providing an overbearing atmosphere for the Orange, who are ripe for a road win. The offense comes back on for Syracuse to join an evolving defense: Syracuse gets this one against a foe they may not see for a while, 24-21.

Mike McAllister - In a tight defensive struggle, the Orange offense makes enough plays in the passing game to squeak out their second straight win. The Syracuse defense continues to improve forcing two turnovers. Syracuse 17 Rutgers 13

John Garcia Jr. - Jawan Jamison is the conference's best player through the first half of the season, and he proves it against Syracuse's 59th ranked rush defense despite a late push from Ryan Nassib. The trenches will be the difference in this one, one way or another. Both defense's hold their own on the afternoon, but Rutgers snags another win at home over it's territorial rival – 21-17.

Connecticut vs. Temple (1pm, ESPN3)

Dan Tortora - UConn has one of the Big East's most productive running backs in Lyle McCombs. Coming off a game where Rutgers held him back, McCombs will be fired up and have a better performance. However, overall the Huskies play to the level of their competition while the Owls have risen up to compete. Temple gets a quality win, 24-20.

Mike McAllister - The Huskies return home, but have a very one dimensional offense that isn't very talented. The Owls are coming off the momentum of a win against South Florida. A tight contest ends with a Temple win. Temple 23 Connecticut 21

John Garcia Jr. - Temple surprised some folks with its 37- 28 win over South Florida last week behind 133 yards from former Boston College star Montell Harris. He will help the Owls stay in this one, but UConn's No. 8 rush defense in America. The unit allows under 84 yards per game, allowing its mediocre offense to take advantage. The Huskies rebound after being dominated by Rutgers, 17-10.

Cincinnati vs. Fordham (7pm, ESPN3)

Dan Tortora - The Bearcats have played tough against more competitive opponents and should have little trouble winning this one in front of their hometown crowd: Cincinnati 35-18.

Mike McAllister - Playing arguably the best football in the conference right now, the Bearcats are much more talented than the Rams. Cincy wins in a route. Cincinnati 37 Fordham 10

John Garcia Jr. - An undefeated ranked Cincy vs. FCS Fordham? This one is a no-brainier as the Bearcats' premiere offense will roll the Rams early and often. George Winn will rattle-off 150-plus against Fordham in leading the home team to a 42-14 win over the 4-2 Patriot League representatives.

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