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2011 CFN Big East Week 2 Roundup & Picks

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Posted Sep 12, 2011


2011 CFN Big East Week 2 Staff Picks, Roundup, & More

2011 Big East Week 2

- Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh
- Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia
Big East Roundups Week 1

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Player of the Week

South Florida QB B.J. Daniels completed 28-of-39 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran five times for 14 yards in the win over Ball State.

Three Best Games of the Week

1. at Vanderbilt 24 … Connecticut 21
2. at North Carolina 24 ... Rutgers 22
3. at Syracuse 21 ... Rhode Island 14

Big East Standings
  Conf. Overall
Pitt 0 0 2 0
Syracuse 0 0 2 0
USF 0 0 2 0
W. Virginia 0 0 2 0
Cincinnati 0 0 1 1
Conn. 0 0 1 1
Louisville 0 0 1 1
Rutgers 0 0 1 1
Players of the Week
9/3 S Jerrell Young, USF
9/10 QB B.J. Daniels, USF

Games of the Week
9/3 at Syracuse 36 … Wake Forest 29 OT 
9/10 at Vanderbilt 24 … Connecticut 21
Cincinnati ... at Tennessee 45 ... Cincinnati 23 … The Bearcats were great early on, but the defense couldn’t get off the field as Tennessee moved the chains on key play after key play. Isaiah Pead was held in check after a big 65-yard dash, but he finished with 155 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. The problem was that the O just didn’t get enough plays and it lost its rhythm as the game went on. The team appears to be far better and far stronger than it was last year, and Zach Collaros is a good, veteran ringleader who did what he could to get the offense moving, but it was simply outclassed. With Akron and NC State up next, it’ll be easy to get over the loss.

Connecticut ... at Vanderbilt 24 … Connecticut 21 … The UConn defense was fine, and it forced three takeaways, but the offense couldn’t stop screwing up with a fumble and three Johnny McEntee interceptions. Lyle McCombs was able to pace the way against Vandy, but even with all the problems, there was still a chance to win the game late. The collapse after being up in the fourth quarter is a disaster considering the Huskies are supposed to easily run the ball, but the pass protection broke down late. Iowa State is coming off a big win over Iowa and is a tough out. A win will quickly right the ship with Buffalo and Western Michigan to follow.

Louisville ... FIU 24 … at Louisville 17 … This is a major embarrassment for Louisville, but after the way it played against Murray State, it wasn’t shocking. The defense held FIU to nine first downs, and 157 of the 293 yards allowed came on two plays to T.Y. Hilton in the second quarter, but the Cardinal offense didn’t do enough to take advantage of the opportunities. This isn’t a team built to make big comebacks, and while it did its best late, and while the O held on to the ball for over 36 minutes, the running game wasn’t there to balance out a 349-yard passing game from Will Stein, and the points were too hard to come by. The team is really, really young, and there are still too many big mistakes.

Pitt ... at Pitt 35 ... Maine 29 … Do the Panthers have a problem? They’re 2-0 against two bad teams, and now comes the nasty part of the slate with a trip to Iowa up next with Notre Dame and South Florida to follow. The passing game hasn’t done nearly enough to get down the field with Tino Sunsieri doing too much dinking and dunking. Ray Graham has been outstanding, leading the nation averaging 161 yards per game, but he’ll be keyed on by the better defenses coming up and the passing game will have to help the cause. The problem is partly Sunsieri, and partly the offensive line that’s not protecting him. Trey Anderson came in and completed 5-of-7 passes for 33 yards, and while he didn’t get the ball down the field either, the coaching staff gave him an honest shot. Defensively, after giving up 610 yards in two weeks, the pass defense has to be far stronger.

Rutgers ... at North Carolina 24 ... Rutgers 22 … Considering Rutgers wants to be more powerful with the running game and considering the goal is to get back to what made the team good a few years ago, gaining just one yard rushing is an embarrassment. The Scarlet Knights got every break in the book and still couldn’t do enough to come away with the win. They kept it close in the first half, and the defense did its part with Khaseem Greene leading the way with 13 tackles with a forced fumble with two tackles for loss. Ohio isn’t a layup next week, and then started Big East play with a trip to Syracuse. The D is fine, and now the offense has to do its part.

South Florida ... at South Florida 37 … Ball State 7 … There was hardly any hangover from the Notre Dame win, with the defense dialing it up a few notches holding the Cardinals to just 225 yards and didn’t allow a score until the game was well out of reach. DeDe Lattimore was terrific with a sack, seven tackles, and a tackle for loss, and the punting game was fantastic with Justin Brockhaus-Kann averaging 45.8 yards per kick, putting Ball State in poor spots time and again, but the real excitement is over a 359-yard passing day from B.J. Daniels. He’s not going to put up big numbers on a regular basis, and the Cardinal defense is hardly a brick wall, but he had a huge day, while running back Darrell Scott came up with 82 yards and a touchdown. The Bulls will be 4-0 with layups against Florida A&M and UTEP up next before going to Pitt, and Daniels will get even more time to and more chances to gear up for the start of the Big East season at Pitt.

Syracuse ... at Syracuse 21 ... Rhode Island 14 … It took way too much work to put Rhode Island away. Ryan Nassib might have thrown for 318 yards and three touchdowns, and Alec Lemon and Van Chew combined for 18 catches, but Nassib didn’t do enough to move the chains and struggled on third downs. Worse yet, especially against an FCS team, the running game was non-existent netting just 36 yards on 25 carries. The offensive line had an awful game, and now it has to deal with the USC offensive line. The Orange has to find a running game or Nassib will have way too much on his shoulders, and while he showed he could handle it this game, the team is playing with fire.

West Virginia... at West Virginia 55 ... Norfolk State 12 … The final score might make it look like it was a walk in the park, but the Mountaineers were down 12-10 at halftime before getting everything rolling. Geno Smith ended up with 371 yards and four touchdown passes, and Paul Millard came on late to complete 5-of-6 passes for 60 yards and a score, but the team can’t take so long to wake up. After a mediocre performance against Marshall, and with the first half this week, the offense hasn’t exactly been consistent. With Maryland up next and LSU to follow, the Mountaineers have to put together a full sixty minutes or they’ll be rallying again, only next time against a real defense. The WVU defense has done a great job of getting into the backfield, but it only registered one sack in two games.

Friday, Sept. 9

FIU 24 ... at Louisville 17
- Game Story & Analysis
CFN Prediction: Louisville 22-19 
Line: Louisville -4.5   O/U: 49

Saturday, Sept. 10

at West Virginia 55 ... Norfolk State 12
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: West Virginia 62-10 

at Pitt 35 ... Maine 29
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Pittsburgh 48-10 
 
at South Florida 37 ... Ball State 7
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: South Florida 37-13
Line: USF -20   O/U: 50.5  

at North Carolina 24 ... Rutgers 22
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: North Carolina 31-13  
Line: UNC -11   O/U: 48

at Tennessee 45 ... Cincinnati 23
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction:  Tennessee 35-27
Line: Tennessee -6.5   O/U: 53
 
at Syracuse 21 ... Rhode Island 14
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Syracuse 42-13
 
at Vanderbilt 24 .. Connecticut 21
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Connecticut 27-13  
Line: Vanderbilt -2   O/U: 44