Time to move along to Week 7 in my ultimate Big East road trip. For those just tuning in, I am selecting the games I would choose to see each and every week this season.
My editors usually do that for me. But if the scheduling were up to me, this is where I would want to go.
Here is the Week 7 schedule:
Fordham at Cincinnati
Temple at UConn
Louisville at Pitt
Syracuse at Rutgers
My choice: Louisville at Pitt.
Why: Not exactly a scintillating Big East slate this week, but it happens from time to time. There are some intriguing story lines for a few of the games -- Steve Addazio goes against his mentor in Paul Pasqualoni when the Owls play at UConn. Then you have the battle for New York between Syracuse and Rutgers, in what could very well be their final game against Big East rivals. Who can forget the turnover-fest that ended in overtime last year?
But I am going with Louisville vs. Pitt for a few reasons. For one, I am projecting that this game is going to have an impact on the Big East race, based on where I expect both teams to be at this point in the season. For another, there is a bit of a revenge factor going in this game. Last season, Louisville had a great opportunity to make some noise in the Big East race headed into its Nov. 12 home game against Pitt. The Cardinals had won three in a row, including a huge victory at West Virginia the previous week. Pitt was struggling with Ray Graham out.
But the Panthers came in and pushed Louisville around -- rushing for 200 yards against one of the best run defenses in the league -- and won 21-14. The following week, Louisville coach Charlie Strong said his players weren't focused for Pitt because they spent too much time playing the video game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." I think you all remember cracking wise about that.
Anyway, if Louisville is as good as advertised, the Cardinals should once again be the favorite going into this game. The potential also exists for them to be undefeated. Oh and by the way, this also happens to be Louisville's league opener. I think it is pretty safe to project the stakes to be the highest in this game.
Here are my previous choices: