Fun Friday – Big East Predictions

There is still much to be decided in the Big East conference as they get set for week 10 of the college football season. The staff gives their picks each conference matchup inside.

Current Standings

Mike McAllister: 16-5

Dan Tortora: 16-5

John Garcia Jr: 12-9

Idle: Rutgers

Syracuse at Cincinnati

Mike McAllister: Syracuse is on the road for a second straight game and is coming off of two straight wins. Cincinnati has lost two straight, and is without arguably the best player on the team, Walter Stewart. Without Steward, the Bearcat defense has given up over 30 points in consecutive games. The Syracuse offense is clicking lately, and they continue that trend. Munchie Legaux turns it over twice as the Orange defense improves against the run. Syracuse 31 Cincinnati 27

John Garcia Jr: Syracuse's defense finally looked human last week against B.J. Daniels and South Florida, but it will have learned plenty with film and practice to more than make up for it against Munchie Legaux. The dual-threat Cincy QB has a similar skill-set to Daniels, and the Orange won't make the same mistakes twice. Look for supreme pressure on him as well as the Syracuse running game to slow the pace down in a surprising 24-21 SU victory.

Dan Tortora: The Orange are coming off of their first Big East road win since November of 2010. But it will not be that long until they obtain their next as Syracuse's offense will stay on after scoring 77 points between their last two games to overcome defensive struggles against another dual-threat quarterback in the Bearcats' Munchie Legaux. Syracuse wins a close one, 31-27.

Temple at Louisville

Mike McAllister: Louisville has the most talent in the conference, and Temple is severely outmatched. The Owls keep it close for a half behind their rushing attack. But their inability to throw the ball is their undoing. Teddy Bridgewater has another dominant performance. Louisville 38 Temple 13

John Garcia Jr: UofL has played to its competition a bit this season, so will Temple knock them off the ranks of the unbeatens? In a word, no. Teddy Bridgewater does his thing on the way to a 31-17 Cardinals win.

Dan Tortora: The Owls have shown some positive signs in their reentrance into the Big East. However, against the better talent of the conference, they are not performing. And that's exactly who they face this week in the Cardinals. This "battle of the nest" will be won by the Cardinals, who remain undefeated after this one, at 9-0, with a 31-17 victory.

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame

Mike McAllister: In what looks to be a big mismatch, the Panthers come ready to play. Pittsburgh has talent, and will play well against the Fighting Irish. Coming off the emotional win over Oklahoma, Notre Dame has a letdown game. Pittsburgh 24 Notre Dame 23

John Garcia Jr: Pitt has been one of two or even three teams this season. They look like a powerhouse running team one week, a behind-the-curve team the next and a team with young talent in between. This week, Pitt will play spoiler behind Ray Graham and Rushel Shell on the way to upsetting a stout Notre Dame team and its dream of a national title. Irish 20, Panthers 21.

Dan Tortora: The Panthers are a Jekyll and Hyde type team playing one of the best programs in the nation this season in the Fighting Irish, who are eyeing the national championship game at 8-0. Notre Dame wins, 35-17.

Connecticut at South Florida

Mike McAllister: In the matchup of the two teams sitting at the bottom of the Big East standings, UConn is coming off a bye while USF is coming off a heartbreaking loss. The Husky offense is too one dimensional, and B.J. Daniels picks up where he left off against the Orange. South Florida 24 Connecticut 16

John Garcia Jr: I wonder what the TV rating for this one will be...anyway USF looked pretty talented on the edges last week against 'Cuse and it will ride that momentum at home against a UConn team still trying to figure itself out in early November. Bulls 27, Huskies 21.

Dan Tortora: Two struggling teams face off in this match-up. Both teams, ironically, played against and lost their last game to the Syracuse Orange. Now lining up against one another, the Bulls will have the edge with a very talented, multi-faceted backfield and a double-threat quarterback in B.J. Daniels, who are capable of running the score high, which the Huskies are not. South Florida gets their first conference win in five tries with a 42-20 victory over UConn.

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