Big East predictions: Week 14

I finally broke out of my streak of going .500 every week -- barely -- by sweeping the three conference games but whiffing on the two out-of-league contests last week. Last chance to improve my regular-season record beckons.

South Florida 27, Connecticut 24: This is my game of the week. Check my video post this afternoon for a full explanation of this pick and a breakdown of the game.

West Virginia 35, Rutgers 7: This one has the potential to get ugly as the nation's No. 3 defense takes on maybe the worst offensive line in the country. The Mountaineers have to win and then wait for a shot at the BCS; the Scarlet Knights are just waiting for this miserable season to end.

Pittsburgh 38, Cincinnati 35: This might be the who-cares bowl. Pitt still has a theoretical chance to claim the Big East's BCS bid but still must be smarting from last week's Backyard Brawl beatdown. The Bearcats have already been eliminated from bowl contention. Everybody scores at least 30 on Cincinnati, so why not a wild shootout to end two very disappointing seasons?

Last week: 3-2

Season results: 46-16 (74.2 percent)