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2011 CFN Big East Week 6 Roundup
Posted Oct 9, 2011

2011 CFN Big East Week 6 Staff Picks, Roundup, & More

2011 Big East Week 6

- Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh
- Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia
Big East Roundups Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5


Big East Standings
  Conf. Overall
Rutgers 2 0 4 1
W. Virginia 1 0 5 1
Pitt 1 1 3 3
Cincinnati 0 0 4 1
Louisville 0 0 2 3
USF 0 1 4 1
Syracuse 0 1 4 2
Conn. 0 1 2 4
Players of the Week
9/3 S Jerrell Young, USF
9/10 QB B.J. Daniels, USF
9/17 QB Geno Smith, WV
9/24 WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
10/1 RB Ray Graham, Pitt
10/8 QB Geno Smith, WVU

Games of the Week
9/3 at Syracuse 36 … Wake Forest 29 OT 
9/10 at Vanderbilt 24 … Connecticut 21
9/17 at Iowa 31 … Pitt 27
9/24 at Syracuse 33 … Toledo 30 OT  
10/1 Western Michigan 38 … at Connecticut 31
10/8 Syracuse 37 … at Tulane 34

Player of the Week
West Virginia QB Geno Smith completed 27-of-45 passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Connecticut.

Three Best Games of the Week
1. Syracuse 37 … at Tulane 34
2. at North Carolina 14 … Louisville 7
3. at Rutgers 34 … Pitt 10 

Cincinnati ... Didn’t Play This Week

Connecticut ... at West Virginia 43 … Connecticut 16 … The Huskies didn’t have a chance after halftime. The defense did a great job of holding firm early, but the offense didn’t do its job to get up and couldn’t make the Mountaineers sweat. Johnny McEntee wasn’t bad, throwing for 193 yards, but he couldn’t keep the chains moving and the running game couldn’t take control. UConn has to own the time of possession, and averaging 2.3 yards per carry isn’t going to get it done. Against South Florida and its rested, swarming defense, McEntee will have to be flawless.

Louisville ... at North Carolina 14 … Louisville 7 … The last thing the offense needed was a missing offensive coordinator, and with Mike Sanford not making the trip, it wasn’t much of a help for an attack that couldn’t figure out one of the ACC’s most talented defenses. Teddy Bridgewater showed off a little bit of his immense talent and potential, but the ground game didn’t work and Bridgewater couldn’t come up with enough big plays to provide any sort of a threat until the final moments. The offense has to start taking more chances with Cincinnati up next, and with a defense that’s doing a terrific job, it’s okay for Bridgewater to make mistakes. The defense will clean them up.

Pitt ... at Rutgers 34 … Pitt 10 … Ray Graham ran for 165 yards, but Tino Sunsieri was awful, throwing three picks and only finishing with 127 yards. There was a reason, though; the line couldn’t keep the Scarlet Knights out of the backfield. The Pitt defense didn’t exactly hold firm, but it did a decent job overall considering the offense put it in a bad position time and again. Dead last in the nation in sacks allowed coming into the game, the holes and the weaknesses were even more glaring this week. There’s no worry next week against a Utah defense without a pass rush, but to get back into the Big East hunt the Panthers have to beat UConn, but the Husky defense has been terrific at getting to the quarterback.

Rutgers ... at Rutgers 34 … Pitt 10 … The defense had done a decent job over the first four games, but it hadn’t played anyone with a hot attack. Pitt, coming off its blowout over South Florida, was on fire with Ray Graham running as well as any back in America. The Scarlet Knights shut down the Panthers, and while Graham got his yards, the four takeaways and six sacks controlled the game. Gary Nova struggled throwing the ball, completing just 11-of-24 passes, but he avoided the big mistake and he and the offense took advantage of the breaks from the offense. The pass rush continues to be dominant and the line is doing a great job of getting into the backfield. With Navy up next, making things happen behind the line is a must, but the offense needs to prove it can start going on more scoring drives when the defense isn’t controlling the game.

South Florida ... Didn’t Play This Week

Syracuse ... Oct. 8 Syracuse 37 … at Tulane 34 … Can the Orange ever play better than its competition? Rutgers is playing extremely well, and the Orange lost in OT last week, managed to beat a red-hot Wake Forest in the opener needed a big break to beat Toledo and a last second field goal to beat Tulane. Outside of the loss to USC, every SU came couldn’t gone either way, and while it’s a major plus to be on the right side of four of them, it’s playing with fire. Antwon Bailey, who became the star of the game on the game-winning drive, gave the ground game a kick with 111 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Nassib balanced things out with a decent day. However, the struggling secondary continued to whiff, allowing Green Wave quarterback Ryan Griffin to put up 320 yards and two scores, and with West Virginia up next, it’s uh-oh time.

West Virginia... at West Virginia 43 … Connecticut 16 … The West Virginia offense has its pattern, and as long as it keeps working, everything will be fine. It takes a half for the attack to get warmed up, and then when it does … boom. Connecticut kept the game interesting for the first thirty minutes, and then down 10-9, the Mountaineers went to work as Geno Smith came up with three third quarter touchdown passes, on the way to 450 yards, and Stedman Bailey was brilliant with seven catches for 178 yards and two scores to make a tight battle a blowout. The defense did a better job of dialing up the pressure, but as long as the offense is throwing like it did in the second half, all the D has to do is hold serve.

Saturday, October 8

at North Carolina 14 ... Louisville 7
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: North Carolina 28-13
Line: North Carolina -14.5   O/U: 48

at West Virginia 43 ... Connecticut 16
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Connecticut 40-16
Line: West Virginia -19.5  O/U: 55

at Rutgers 34 ... Pitt 10
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Pitt 23-16
Line: Pitt -6.5  O/U: 53

Syracuse 37 ... at Tulane 34
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Syracuse 31-17
Line: Syracuse -10  O/U: 50.5 f