Big East bowl projections: Week 14

Welcome back, Pitt!

BCS, Orange, Jan. 1 -- Rutgers versus ACC. So this means I am picking the Scarlet Knights to beat Louisville on Thursday night.

Russell Athletic, Dec. 28 -- Louisville versus ACC. Why am I going with Rutgers? Teddy Bridgewater is extremely banged up, the Cardinals suddenly have no running game and the defense is just so-so.

Belk, Dec. 27 -- Cincinnati versus ACC. Still alive for at least a share of the Big East title.

New Era Pinstripe, Dec. 29 -- Syracuse versus Big 12. The Orange close the season at 7-5 and still have a shot for at least a share of a Big East title. There is a caveat here, though. If Pitt is bowl eligible AND West Virginia is available, there is the very real possibility this game could feature the two rivals playing the Backyard Brawl once again.

BBVA Compass, Jan. 5 -- Pitt versus SEC. The Panthers have made this bowl their second home. Will they get bumped up to the Pinstripe for a tantalizing matchup against the Mountaineers? I could easily see Pitt and Syracuse swapping these spots.

Beef 'O' Brady's, Dec. 21 -- No team eligible.