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Pick o' the Irish: Week 12 vs. UConn

If Charlie Weis had the record I own in picks, he wouldn't have to answer so many questions about his job status. I successfully pegged Notre Dame's outcome against the first Big East team on it schedule last week. Let's see if I can do it again.

Notre Dame 28, Connecticut 24: It's hard to pick the reeling Irish at this point after their dispiriting performances against Navy and Pitt. With the BCS hopes long gone and their coach possibly history, too, what does this team really have to play for? But UConn has had it just as rough. Since the Jasper Howard tragedy, the Huskies have lost three straight, all being decided in the final minutes. They have a big, physical offensive line and two star running backs in Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon. But Connecticut's defense has been highly suspect, especially at the back end. Last time out, it surrendered 711 total yards to Cincinnati. That should be inviting to Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd. The Irish win one for their coach and for their seniors in the home finale.

Last week's pick: Pittsburgh 35, Notre Dame 33 Actual score: Pittsburgh 27, Notre Dame 22 Season record: 8-2