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South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
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Posted Nov 3, 2010


Fearless Predictions for every Big East game, Nov. 6

2010 Big East Fearless Predictions

Week 10 ... Nov. 6 Games

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GAME OF THE WEEK

Rutgers (4-3) at South Florida (4-3)Nov. 3, 7:00 ET, ESPN2

Here’s The Deal … At a game above .500, Rutgers and South Florida are in similar stages of the season, unlikely to contend for a Big East crown, yet very much alive for a postseason invite. The Bulls are nearly two weeks removed from their high-point of the year, an unexpected 38-30 win at Cincinnati. Was it a fluke or the beginning of a turnaround in Tampa? The program gets a national TV audience to make its case. The Scarlet Knights have been riding the Cyclone all year. They won two straight out of the gate, lost two in-a-row, and then won two more before last Saturday’s loss in Pittsburgh. Adding to the emotional rollercoaster was the tragic injury in the Army win that left DT Eric LeGrand paralyzed from the neck down. Not unlike Connecticut, which was rocked by the murder of CB Jasper Howard last October, Rutgers will spend the rest of 2010 honoring one of its teammates.
Why Rutgers Might Win: Two weeks ago, the South Florida offense soared and the Scarlet Knight D stunk. Chalk it up to an anomaly. For most of the season, Rutgers has been stout defensively, winning the battles at the point of attack with a terrific front seven. The Bulls, on the other hand, have been wildly inconsistent, particularly QB B.J. Daniels. The Knights will enjoy the edge in quickness in the trenches, penetrating the backfield with a combination of linemen Alex Silvestro, Scott Vallone, and Jonathan Freeny, and linebackers Antonio Lowery and Steve Beauharnais.
Why South Florida Might Win: While the Scarlet Knight D has been good, the Bulls have been better. Making matters worse for the visitors is that their offensive line has been hideous, yielding almost five sacks a game. The speed and tenacity of South Florida is going to present a major headache for the Rutgers quarterbacks. USF is allowing just 18 points a game and leads the Big East in sacks. Injured DE Craig Marshall has a team-high four, but the program can bring the heat from myriad angles, boasting a dozen different players with at least one sack this year.
What To Watch Out For: The two—or three—quarterbacks will take center stage at Raymond James Stadium Wednesday night. After going 13-of-16 for 286 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks, Daniels needs to follow-up that performance with another crisp night. On the Rutgers sideline, Greg Schiano has yet to name a starter. Although incumbent Tom Savage is healthy again, true freshman Chas Dodd played well enough in four games to give the coach reason to open up the competition.
What Will Happen: This one will not be artful, especially for those who fancy sharp offensive execution. The defenses will dominate and the punters will be busy. Whoever gets the nod at quarterback for Rutgers is going to spend most of the night ducking for cover and scrambling to avoid intense pressure. The Bulls will confuse the Scarlet Knights, creating turnovers and giving a short field for Daniels to navigate.
CFN Prediction: South Florida 26 … Rutgers 17 … Line: USF -10
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Louisville (4-4) at Syracuse (6-2) Nov. 6, 12:00 ET, ESPN3.com

Here’s The Deal … How hot is Syracuse? Despite being bowl-less since 2004, the program is thinking beyond just bowl eligibility, moving into sole possession of second place in the Big East. While jumping Pitt is going to require help, simply contending in November and standing on the lip of the Top 25 cup is testament to how well Doug Marrone is doing in his second year. The Orange has taken three straight on the road, whipping Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium Saturday, but still need one more win to go bowling. Louisville went in reverse this past weekend, and has had a difficult time gaining much traction or consistency. A week after shutting out Connecticut, the Cards were no match for Pittsburgh, losing 20-3. Still, they’ve got four chances to win the two games needed for the postseason, which would be impressive in Charlie Strong’s debut.
Why Louisville Might Win: Without much next-level talent, Strong’s first defense has played pretty well. The Cardinals rank 22nd nationally and pitched two shutouts in October. LB Daniel Brown has flashed all-star potential, but this has been a total team effort, creating pressure and preventing yards after contact. Louisville won’t have to work too hard to contain one-dimensional Syracuse, which doesn’t throw the ball well or create many big plays. Plus, RB Bilal Powell, the nation’s No. 5 rusher, will limit the Orange’s chances by extending drives and playing ball-control.
Why Syracuse Might Win: The Louisville D has been good. The Orange has been substantially better. In fact, it’s second to West Virginia in the Big East, allowing less than 18 points and 300 yards a game. Syracuse has given up only 21 points in consecutive games with West Virginia and Cincinnati, creating turnovers and holding regular meetings in opposing backfields. Between linebackers Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith, and ends Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich, the Orange is owning the line of scrimmage and the other guy’s blockers. Syracuse has a workhorse of its own, Delone Carter, who’s carried 140 times for 746 yards and six scores.
What To Watch Out For: The Orange is going to sell out to stop Powell, which means safeties Shamarko Thomas and Phillip Thomas will press up on a regular basis. And why not? While QB Adam Froman has been a decent caretaker for the Louisville offense, he hasn’t exactly been a playmaker that forces defenses to sit up and take notice. In six games against teams not named Memphis or Arkansas State, he’s thrown just four touchdown passes and has been unable to stretch the defense.
What Will Happen: The Orange is feeling it. Not only has the execution been much better on the field, but there’s confidence flowing through the veins of every player and coach. In a low-scoring, conservative game, the defense will continue to be the story, holding Powell in check and harassing Froman on a consistent basis. The Syracuse offense won’t match last week’s output in Cincinnati, but won’t need to in order to become bowl-eligible.
CFN Prediction: Syracuse 23 … Louisville 13 … Line: Syracuse -5.5
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