Saturday, October 10, 2009

Big East: Week 6 Preview


West Virginia 30, Syracuse 23

As much as I want to pick the upset here, I just can’t, mainly because of Noel Devine. The Orange are going to upset someone and with a break or two last week, it could have been South Florida. I see Greg Paulus having a bounce back game from his five-interception performance in his last outing and receiver Mike Williams being on top of his game as usual. But as good as the Syracuse run defense has been, Devine won’t be shut down. Plus, the secondary usually gives up a big play or two. Against South Florida it was a 85-yard touchdown bomb that sparked a 20-point run that Jim Boeheim would have been proud of. West Virginia might not have superstar wide outs, but Jock Sanders or Alric Arnett are likely to make at least one big play. Syracuse close, but no cigar.

Pittsburgh 17, Connecticut 10

Both these teams have an array of defensive of talent, especially along the lines. But it will be the freshman running back Dion Lewis that will be the difference maker. This 5' 8" freshman has tremendous ability and is tough to take down. Don’t forget about the Panthers' other freshman runner Ray Graham, who’s also coming along strong. The reason why Pittsburgh wins this game is defense. As much as Connecticut has improved passing the ball, expect their air attack to be minimal and ineffective. Pittsburgh wins a slop fest.

Southern Miss 40, Louisville 26

Another one in the loss column for Louisville. Despite a big game from running back Victor Anderson and quarterback Justin Burke the Cardinals' defense will undoubtedly be beaten more than once through the air. Their pass defense is bad and Southern Miss just so happen to have the fire power to go deep.

Rutgers 41, Texas Southern 10

Isn’t it too late to still be playing these types of games? Rutgers wins big of course. Next week...Pittsburgh comes to town.

Last Week: 4-0, Season: 29-4

Photos Courtesy of WVU Sports Communication