Here are some thoughts and predictions for this weeks Big East slate:
UConn at Temple
UConn faces a Temple team that is led by one of the coaches who is consistently mentioned to be in Syracuse’s future. Al Golden is a very good coach and Temple is on the verge of becoming an actual football program. I think Temple has a chance this week and will keep it close, but UConn is just too strong to lose this one.
UConn 31 – Temple 20
Tennesse Tech at Louisville
Louisville is hoping to bounce back from a horrendous effort last week against Kentucky by destroying Tennessee Tech. Tech is led by QB Lee Sweeney, a Louisville transfer who has started for three years since leaving the Cardinals. If Louisville has any trouble this week I’d be surprised, but then again I didn’t think Steve Kragthorpe would have this program in such disarray this early in his tenure. Hunter Cantwell needs to get it going before facing Kansas State in two weeks then UConn in Louisville’s Big East opener.
Louisville 35 – Tennessee Tech 17
Cincinnati at Oklahoma
Cincinnati heads west to face the fourth ranked Oklahoma Sooners and their Heisman candidate QB, Sam Bradford. While some are predicting an upset, this Oklahoma team is too deep to suffer a let down against the Bearcats. Bradford is legit and he’ll lead the Sooners to victory.
Oklahoma 40- Cincinnati 20
West Virginia at East Carolina
Another possible SU coach takes on West Virginia, as Skip Holtz’s Pirates look for their second upset in two weeks. After shocking Virginia Tech last week ECU wants to knock of the top team in the Big East. West Virginia is a different beast than Virgina Tech, however, and Pat White and Noel Devine should be able to sufficiently move the ball on the ground. Skip will however get a chance to do some scouting for when he is on the Orange sideline next year against the Mountaineers.
West Virginia 35 – East Carolina 17
Buffalo at Pittsburgh
Yet another possible G-Rob replacement takes on a Big East team this week. Turner Gill has done wonders at Buffalo and has them on the verge of moving to the top of the MAC. The Bulls destroyed UTEP last week with a balanced attack. QB Drew WIlly has developed quickly under Gill’s tutelage and threw 4 TDs last week. Running backs James Starks and Brandon Thermilus both went over 100 yards as well. While Pitt comes off their disapointing loss to Bowling Green, they now have to deal with another pesky MAC opponent. I think Dave Wannstedt is feeling the pressure and will have his team more prepared this week, but I like the Bulls for the upset to make Pitt 0-2.
Buffalo 27 – Pittsburgh 21
South Florida at UCF
South Florida looks to win their 5th straight over their in-state rival in this one. Matt Grothe is a solid QB and should be able to lead the Bulls to a W in this one. UCF struggled against South Carolina State last week, only winning 17-0. Their offense misses last season’s rushing leader Kevin Smith and it will show in this one.
South Florida 35 – UCF 10