Big East predictions: Week 9

Well, I didn't see the Syracuse and South Florida road upsets coming last week, that's for sure. And I gave UConn and Rutgers a little too much credit.

On to better things this week ...


West Virginia 28, Connecticut 14: I think the Mountaineers bounce back after last week's disappointing loss to Syracuse. They are eager to show the critics that was a one-week hiccup. Besides, I don't see how UConn -- which couldn't do anything offensively last week against Louisville -- is going to move the ball much against the West Virginia defense with Zach Frazer coming back to start at quarterback again.


Cincinnati 20, Syracuse 17: This is my game of the week. Check my video post later this afternoon for a breakdown of this game and an explanation for the pick.

Pittsburgh 35, Louisville 24: The Cardinals are brimming with confidence and come into Heinz Field with stats that are similar to and in many cases better than the Panthers'. Yet I remember how Cincinnati's receivers dominated the Louisville secondary, and it's hard to envision those same defensive backs dealing with Jon Baldwin, Devin Street and Mike Shanahan while the defense also has to gear up to stop Dion Lewis and Ray Graham. Pitt just has too much talent in this one and is playing too well right now.

Last week: 2-2

Season results: 38-9 (80.9 percent)