Big East picks, Week 9

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Well, now, this is just getting ridiculous.

I haven't missed a game in a month. In the last four weeks, I'm a perfect 17-0. So take these picks, run to Vegas and bet your life savings on them.*

(*Do not, under any circumstances, actually do this.)


West Virginia 28, South Florida 20: The Bulls have had as much success as anybody in the Big East in slowing down the Mountaineers offense the past few years. But the South Florida defense is a mess right now after allowing 75 points in the last two games. I have a hard time believing it can flip a switch and shut down what has become a very balanced attack by West Virginia. The Bulls are desperate for a win and will be playing at home on Friday night. Yet I think their confidence is shaken right now, and Noel Devine will test their resolve even further.


Cincinnati 35, Syracuse 17: Tony Pike or no Tony Pike, the Bearcats shouldn't have to sweat this one. They've averaged 41 points a game against the Orange under Brian Kelly, and that Carrier Dome turf should provide a good track for the athletes in their spread offense. After this win, Cincinnati should only fall another two spots or so in the BCS standings.

Connecticut 20, Rutgers 13: I can't imagine UConn losing this game in its first home appearance since Jasper Howard's death. Rutgers doesn't have the offensive firepower to do much against the Huskies' sound defense, which should stuff Joe Martinek and the running game. UConn's passing game is slowly coming together behind Cody Endres.

Louisville 17, Arkansas State 14: I said all during the preseason that this could be a potential upset. Arkansas State certainly proved its spoiler potential by nearly winning at Iowa. If the Cardinals lose this one, Steve Kragthorpe may not survive the weekend. But I think they'll rally some pride, knowing there aren't many potential wins left on the schedule. It won't be pretty, though.

Last week: 5-0

Season: 40-6 (87 percent).