Another week with some nice possibilities for the Big East to quiet the doubters. I had my straight up streak halted by UConn and my ATS exposed as worthless – only those with unborn kids should risk those future education dollars. Again, all lines used are provided here:
Last Week: 7-1 Year to date: 21-1
ATS: 3-4 Year to date: 8-7
Rhode Island at Connecticut: No line. Probably the most impressive team last week in the Big East. They bounced back from that frustrating loss to NC by going back to what UConn has done best the last few years. They pounded the football. Their defense is one of the best in country and has played without Scott Lutrus. Expect them to work on some things offensively this week. Cody Endres hasn’t throw an INT since taking over at QB. Huskies win 38-7.
South Florida at Florida St: Line: FSU -14; O/U 50. Marquee game of the week for the Big East. I’m sure that USF would love to have Matt Grothe for this one. However, BJ Daniels was impressive in taking over last week. FSU has been a bit up and down, but was very impressive in dismantling BYU last week. The line seems like a big number for what should be an intense game. I still like the Seminoles, justs not that much. FSU 27-17.
Fresno St at Cincinnati: Line Cincy -16.5;O/U 61.5. Impressive Cincy faces another tricky foe in Fresno. The Bulldogs were able to hang with Boise St. I expect to see more offensive fireworks this week out of Tony Pike and Mardy Gilyard. Fresno has hung with Wisconsin and Boise so I expect the same thing this week. Bearcats 44-31.
Rutgers at Maryland: Line RU -3;O/U 51. I thought Rutgers was supposed to have the best Oline in the Big East? Ask Tom Savage how that is working out after 3 sacks left him slightly concussed this week. Maryland lost to Middle Tenn last week and survived James Madison, so this isn’t going to be a huge test for the Scarlet Knights. The number is low and I expect they will do enough to win by a TD. Scarlet Knights 24-17.
Pittsburgh at NC St: Line NC St -1;O/U 46.5; Final game of the mini ACC-Big East Challenge this week. Pitt comes in riding high after knocking out Navy and is still looking for national respect as it has been banging on the door of the Top 25 but hasn’t been able to move in. A win this week will certainly help. Bill Stull has quietly been making better decisions and that has helped the Panthers. The Wolfpack hasn’t been tested since its opener to South Carolina. QB Russell Wilson is the NCAA leader in consecutive passes without a pick. He should get tested this week as his line may miss two starters and WR Owen Spencer will be out. Statement game for the Panthers: 27-17.
Maine at Syracuse: No Line. The Orange grabbed their first win of the season last week. Doug Marrone must help to avoid complacency with the FCS Black Bears in town. The Orange hasn’t won consecutive games since 2006. Another night game should mean a decent crowd. No need to wait for the preview as I see an Orange win – 34-17.
Louisville at Utah: Line: Utes -14; O/U 51. Cards must regroup after loss to Wildcats that have several players in tears afterword and caused Coach Kragthorpe to break out the biblical word for donkey serveral times in his post game presser. The Utes were upended by Oregon last week and snapped a 17 game win streak. RB Matt Asiata is nursing a sore shoulder and needs to be a factor for the Utes. The Cards could pound the ball with Victor Anderson and Bilal Powell. Still I see the Utes starting a new streak, although the Cards will keep it closer than expected. Utes 31-24.