Big East predictions: Week 2

I had a better week in predictions than the Big East had on the field, going 6-2. But I missed the UConn pick I'd been stumping for all preseason. Besides, we aim for perfection around here. Onward and upward:


West Virginia 28, Marshall 7: Doc Holliday may be familiar with just about every player on the Mountaineers roster, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to stop them. Marshall could barely move the ball and scored no points on offense at Ohio State. The Thundering Herd won't have much more success against the Mountaineers' increasingly fierce defense.


Florida 35, South Florida 17: The Bulls are too young and the Gators are too talented, despite their Week 1 struggles (For a more complete breakdown of this game, check out my video post later Thursday afternoon).

Washington 24, Syracuse 20: I actually think the Orange will give the Huskies all they can handle in this one and will come close to pulling off the mild upset. In the end, though, Washington has a few more playmakers on offense, led by Jake Locker, and will find a way to get it done at home. But Syracuse gains respect with the effort.

Rutgers 27, Florida International 10: The Scarlet Knights are going on the road and face some unknowns against an FIU team that did not play in Week 1. But opening the season against that Rutgers defense is not a welcome proposition for a Sun Belt team. It won't be all that pretty, but the Scarlet Knights get to 2-0.

Pittsburgh 31, New Hampshire 14: Pitt should not take the Wildcats lightly; they're ranked fifth in the FCS and have beaten an FBS team four straight years. Still, I see the Panthers taking out some of their Week 1 frustrations and opening up the offense a little more for Tino Sunseri.

Connecticut 38, Texas Southern 7: UConn lost to Michigan last week. Texas Southern lost to Prairie View. Huskies in a rout.

Louisville 30, Eastern Kentucky 12: Charlie Strong gets his first win as a head coach as lots of young players get on the field.

Cincinnati 45, Indiana State 7: The Sycamores beat St. Joseph's (Ind.) 57-7 last week. Before that, they had won three games in the previous four years. Cincinnati is eager to unleash some punishment after the disappointment at Fresno State.

Last week: 6-2 (.750)