Fun Friday – Big East Predictions

There is still much to be decided in the Big East conference as they get set for week 9 of the college football season. The staff gives their picks each conference matchup inside.

Current Standings

Dan Tortora: 15-2

Mike McAllister: 13-4

John Garcia Jr: 11-6

Idle: Connecticut

Cincinnati at Louisville

Mike McAllister: Coming off of its first loss of the season, Cincinnati will look to get things back on track against the Cardinals. However, Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville offense will be too much as they pull out a close win. Louisville 27 Cincinnati 23

John Garcia Jr: A pair of versatile QBs square off in this one and despite the back-and-fourth all week - Mr. Efficient Teddy Bridgewater will get it done in a fun Friday game. Cards win with balanced offense, 28-17.

Dan Tortora: The Louisville Cardinals have survived some close scares en route to a 7-0 season. But now they take on one of the best defenses in the Big East Conference in Cincinnati, who currently have 19 sacks and seven interceptions. This is the day the cat gets the bird, well Bearcat takes down the Cardinal. Cincinnati wins 27-17.

Temple at Pittsburgh

Mike McAllister: A surprising Temple team travels to face a desperate Pittsburgh team that has dropped their first three conference games. However, the Panthers go back to the ground to get back on track. Ray Graham has a big day, and the Pitt defense limits a one dimensional Owls offense. Pittsburgh 31 Temple 17

John Garcia Jr: Both teams have struggled to find consistency, and both teams will rely on their ground games in this one. Remember former Boston College star Montell Harris? Yea, he's at Temple and will help the Owls upset the Panthers at home, 17-14.

Dan Tortora: Though Pittsburgh defeated a ranked Virginia Tech team earlier in the season, they have not played well overall. They struggle most inside the Big East Conference, where they have yet to win a game, losing all three contests, whether their offense was able to provide a high score or not.

Temple comes in 2-1 in the conference in their first season back in the Big East. Though they do not offer the best numbers statistically, they find ways to win, and they will again this week. The Owls rise above the Panthers, 23-14.

Kent State at Rutgers

Mike McAllister: Rutgers takes a break from Big East action to welcome Kent State to Piscataway. Kent State comes in with an impressive 6-1 record, including 4-0 in the Mid-American Conference. However, they will struggle to move the ball against a stingy Scarlet Knight defense. Jawan Jamison will have a big day as the Rutgers cruise to 8-0. Rutgers 34 Kent State 10

John Garcia Jr: Kent State is better than you think, but Rutgers has everything going for them right now. Jawan Jamison hits the century mark once again as RU rolls, 31-13.

Dan Tortora: The other unbeaten Big East team, Rutgers, will be facing a high-scoring offense in Kent State who have scored more than 40 points in four of their seven games. But the Rutgers defense will be too much for Kent State, as the team that allows an average of less than two touchdowns per game against them will lower the offensive output of the Golden Flashes. Scarlet Knights remain unbeaten, with a 34-14 victory.

Syracuse at South Florida

Mike McAllister: This game is critical for both squads. Syracuse needs this game to get back to .500 and move towards becoming bowl eligible. The Bulls need this game to end their losing streak in hopes of salvaging a season. The Orange defense will continue to play well, and Ryan Nassib will take advantage of an underwhelming USF secondary. Syracuse gets their first road win of the season. Syracuse 31 South Florida 20

John Garcia Jr: This is the week, unfortunately for SU, where B.J. Daniels plays like the QB we all thought he could as a senior. The Orange defense will give up more than 20 points for the first time since USC in a questionable 24-21 loss.

Dan Tortora: The Orange have yet to win a road game against a Big East opponent since November of 2010, but heading down the east coast to face a struggling South Florida Bulls' team will help erase that statistic. South Florida's secondary has proven to be of little threat in stopping the ball from getting downfield more often than not. Nassib and his deep receiving core can and will take advantage of this.

On defense, Syracuse will do enough to slow Daniels, winning a tight one, 24-21.

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