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Big East Week 6 picks

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Thursday

South Florida 35, Pittsburgh 21: Pitt has won three in a row, but it struggled to get by Buffalo, Iowa and Syracuse in the second half. South Florida is a whole lot better and more athletic than those three teams. Matt Grothe and his cast of wide receivers are going to put up plenty of points at home, and the Panthers won't be able to catch up this time.

Friday

Marshall 17, Cincinnati 14: Upset special of the week. The Bearcats' quarterback attrition has to hurt the offense, which only scored 14 points last week before Tony Pike went down in the fourth quarter. At least this won't damage their Big East chances. And by the way -- what the heck is Cincinnati doing playing back-to-back road games against Akron and Marshall? How many BCS conference teams would schedule like that?

Saturday

Connecticut 27, North Carolina 24: I can't bring myself to pick against the Huskies, who just keep on winning no matter the circumstances. I actually think Connecticut becomes a lot more interesting with Zach Frazer at quarterback. If Randy Edsall can add a true downfield passing game to his Donald Brown/defense/special teams formula, UConn could have a truly special season.

West Virginia 35, Rutgers 17: The Mountaineers seem to be figuring some things out both on offense and defense. Rutgers, despite last week's win over Morgan State, still has major issues. I have no faith that Mike Teel can engineer an upset in Morgantown, where the Scarlet Knights have never won in 15 tries.

Last week: 5-1

Season results: 22-10 (68.8 percent)