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Big East bowl projections

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
The biggest development in the Big East bowl picture this weekend happened in a nonconference game. Notre Dame beat Navy to get its sixth win and gain postseason eligibility. As I present my bowl outlook for the league, I'm working under the assumption that the Irish will take either the Gator or Sun bowl slot from the Big East. The league may finish with more bowl-eligible teams than it has slots, so someone may have to hope for an at-large bid somewhere else.

Here are the postseason possibilities and predictions for each Big East team that can still make a bowl (teams listed alphabetically):

Cincinnati
The Bearcats can put themselves in fantastic position to win the Big East by beating Pittsburgh this weekend. All they would have left is a home game against Syracuse on Senior Day.

Possibilities: BCS game, Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: Orange Bowl

Connecticut
The Huskies still are alive for the conference title but would need a lot of dominoes to fall their way. They will be going bowling for a second straight year.

Possibilities: BCS game, Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: International Bowl

Louisville
At 5-5, the Cardinals will likely need to win their final two against West Virginia and at Rutgers to assure themselves a bowl spot

Possibilities: Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: No bowl

Pittsburgh
The Panthers have a tough closing kick (at Cincinnati, West Virginia, at Connecticut) but still control their own destiny.

Possibilities: BCS game, Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: Meineke Car Care Bowl

Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights are in excellent shape to get to a bowl game after a 1-5 start and still can't be counted out of the Big East title race.

Possibilities: BCS game, Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: St. Petersburg Bowl

South Florida
The Bulls clinched bowl eligibility in their seventh game but are suddenly no lock for the postseason at 6-4 and in complete free fall.

Possibilities: Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: Independence Bowl (taking slot vacated by SEC).

West Virginia
The Mountaineers are tied for first in the Big East but need a Cincinnati loss to have a chance at the title. They've also got a tough game at Pittsburgh remaining.

Possibilities: BCS game, Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prediction: Papajohns.com Bowl