Fun Friday – Big East Predictions

The Big East is starting to take shape as a few teams are separating themselves from the pack. The staff gives their predictions on this week's action.

Current Standings

Dan Tortora: 21-8

Mike McAllister: 21-8

John Garcia Jr: 17-12

Idle: Louisville, Connecticut

Rutgers at Cincinnati

Dan Tortora: Cincinnati tried to play spoiler to Louisville a few games ago and now they have another undefeated Big East team at the time of play that they will face. The Scarlet Knights will tty but ultimately fail against a better offense as Munchie Legaux helps the Bearcats finally gain a victory over a top-25 Big East foe, Cincinnati 28-23.

Mike McAllister: The Cincinnati offense has gotten back on track since replacing Munchie Legaux with Brendon Kay. That continues as Rutgers will struggle moving the ball. Expect the Bearcats rushing attack to be very good as well. Cincinnati ends Rutgers Big East unbeaten streak. Cincinnati 27 Rutgers 20

John Garcia Jr: Rutgers has been unimpressive of late, but their power running game led by Jawan Jamison should be enough to snag another win in the conference. Cincy's poor quarterback play will help the Scarlet Knights' cause in a 24-14 win for RU.

Temple at Army

Dan Tortora: Army has had an impressive season on the ground with almost 400 yards rushing per game. Temple has had good moments against the run, but have struggled to get themselves going offensively outside of defeating South Florida and Uconn in their first season back in the Big East. But the Owls will show why they have improved this season under head coach Steve Addazio and win in this match-up, 27-17.

Mike McAllister: A battle of two teams that have struggled in 2012. Army plays well at home and Temple struggles on the road. The Army rushing attack will be too much for a Temple team that is down after finding out it won't have a 12th game and an outside chance at a bowl. Army 24 Temple 21

John Garcia Jr: Army will control the clock on the ground and out-rush Montel Harris and the Owls. Temple's passing game has to come up big if they are to win late, but it will be stymied by the Black Knights. Army 17, Temple 13.

South Florida at Miami

Dan Tortora: South Florida has had a trying season, going 1-4 in the Big East and winning a mere three of their nine contests. Credit to them, though, that they have played their losses close. With the Hurricanes hosting "Battle: Florida", playing close will be the best the Bulls will do, taking a loss that will give Miami (FL) bowl eligibility, 35-13.

Mike McAllister: South Florida comes in without B.J. Daniels. Even with him, this would be a very tough matchup for the Bulls. The Hurricanes use their speed and athleticism to dominate a suspect South Florida defense. Miami quarterback Stephen Morris will have a big day through the air. Miami 38 South Florida 17

John Garcia Jr: Despite the advantage of locations in the most fertile recruiting state in America, both of these programs have underachieved tremendously in 2012. But someone's gotta win, right? Look for Duke Johnson to gash a suspect South Florida run defense for a big game en route to a 38-28 win for the 'Canes.

Syracuse at Missouri

Dan Tortora: Both teams are playing for an opportunity to be invited to the postseason as the Orange and the Tigers both currently have five wins apiece. But Missouri will have to elevate their defensive play after showing issues last week versus the Tennessee Volunteers, continuously leaving wide open gaps against both the run and the pass. Syracuse has too many weapons to exploit those gaps and if they can hurry and pressure a running quarterback in James Franklin as they did to Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, they will be going into their final week with some cushion. The road is no match for the Orange in this match. They are victorious, 34-24.

Mike McAllister: Syracuse comes in off a huge win, but Missouri knows this is their best chance to get bowl eligible. The Orange avoid the early mistake and this game is a close one down to the end. Jerome Smith has a huge day for the Orange against a Tigers defense that has struggled against the run. The Syracuse defense does just enough to contain James Franklin. Syracuse 31 Missouri 27

John Garcia Jr: Yes, Mizzou will be without their best defensive player (according to reports), but is there a more talented 5-5 team in America? I say no, and the Tigers are desperate for a solid win after keeping things close with Vanderbilt and Florida. Their overtime thriller win at Tennessee may have them a bit slow out of the gates, but the healthier James Franklin is coming off his best game of 2012. He leads the way in a fun QB-duel with Ryan Nassib, as Mizzou becomes bowl eligible, 41-35.

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