Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Rough week for the old blog last week. I'm blaming my poor predictions on the unpredictability of the Big East, not a lack of prognosticating skill. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Only three games this week to pick, so I can't lose that many no matter how hard I try.
Louisville 35, Memphis 27: These two old rivals used to play every year, and the last meeting in 2004 produced a 56-49 thriller in Louisville's favor. There won't be that much offense this time around, though both teams can score. Memphis has won three games in a row, but those victims have been Nicholls State, Arkansas State and UAB. The Tigers are surrendering 170.5 rushing yards per game, which means Victor Anderson should find plenty of freedom in the Liberty Bowl. In the end, the Cardinals have a few too many playmakers -- as long as it doesn't come down to field goals.
Cincinnati 27, Rutgers 20: The Scarlet Knights played respectably last week at West Virginia, and their defense will offer a step up in competition level for new Bearcats quarterback Chazz Anderson. But Cincinnati's defense has given Mike Teel all sorts of problems the past two years, and that was when Teel had Ray Rice as a crutch. The Bearcats get at least two turnovers and win their conference opener at Nippert Stadium.
West Virginia 37, Syracuse 13: Assuming Pat White is OK, the Mountaineers should crack the 30-point barrier against an FBS team (yes, Syracuse still qualifies) for the first time this season. The Orange has trouble tackling, and that's a recipe for disaster against White, Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Co. Syracuse's best chance is to pound the ball with Curtis Brinkley and Delone Carter and try to keep West Virginia's offense off the field.
Last week: 1-3
Season results: 23-13 (64 percent)