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Gone Bowling: The Big East

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Connecticut
6-1 (2-0)

The Huskies have been a quiet Cinderella story this year, reaching bowl eligibility in seven weeks, though their win over Louisville was due mostly to a cheap "fair catch" fake that resulted in a TD and shouldn't have stood. Still, six wins gets them a bowl berth, and they'll be lucky to improve their record with South Florida, Rutgers, at Cincinatti, Syracuse, and at West Virginia remaining. Syracuse will likely get them the seventh win they'll need to guarantee an extended season, and CBS thinks the Huskies will head to beautiful Birmingham, AL for the PapaJohns.com Bowl against C-USA's Houston.

South Florida
6-1 (1-1)

The not so quiet Cinderellas of USF still have the inside track on a BCS bid, and the rest of the schedule lines up nicely for the Bulls. At UConn, Cincinatti, at Syracuse, Louisville, and at Pitt finish up the year, and the CBS projection of an Orange Bowl invite is probably spot on.

West Virginia
6-1 (1-1)

The Mountaineers were preseason darlings and expected to clinch the Big East with ease, but injuries cost them a close contest against South Florida, and they'll have to finish perfect and hope the Bulls falter again if they want a BCS bid. At Rutgers, Louisville, at Cincinnati, UConn, and Pitt finish off the scheudle, with Rutgers, Louisville, and the trip to Cincinatti providing good contests that could see the 'Eers stumble again. CBS doesn't think so, though, and projects that the Rose Bowl, after losing Ohio State to the title game, will take West Virginia as a matchup against Pac-10 champs Oregon. Sounds a little far fetched to me.

Cincinnati
6-2 (1-2)

The Bearcats reeled off six straight wins to start the season, but faltered the past two weeks against an on again off again Louisville team and a piss terrible Pitt. They can get things together to improve their lot, with at South Florida, Uconn, West Virginia, and at Syracuse coming up. An 8 win finish isn't out of the question, and CBS thinks they're headed to the Meineke Car Care Bowl for a date with Virginia.


Getting In

Rutgers
5-2 (2-1)

After a couple of head scratching losses to Maryland and Cincinnati, the Scarlet Knights upset the second ranked South Florida Bulls at home to catapult them back into the top 25. West Virginia, at Uconn, at Army, Pitt, and Louisville finish out the season, soand CBS projects a trip to El Paso for the Sun Bowl and date with Cal.


Hoping to Get In

Louisville
4-4 (1-2)

The Cardinals were an early season favorite before stumbling in grand fashion against Syracuse, and their last second loss to hated rival Kentucky catapulted the 'Cats into the national spotlight. They were robbed at UConn, and they'll have to play perfect football the rest of the way, needing two wins out of Pitt, at West Virginia, at South Florida, and Rutgers. Pitt is ripe for the plucking, but that's a brutal three game stretch to end the season, and new HC Kragthorpe might have some splainin' to do when his Cardinals spend the bowl season in front of their TVs. CBS does not project that Louisville will get an invite.


Staying Home

Pitt
3-4 (1-1)

Just a few years removed from a Big East title and trip to the Fiest Bowl, the Panthers have floundered under the Wannstache, posting losing records every year of his tenure. This one looks to be the same, with at Louisville, Syracuse, at Rutgers, South Florida, and at West Virginia finishing the schedule. Getting three wins out of that bunch is pretty unlikely.

Syracuse
2-6 (1-2)

God bless the Orange. They're at 2-6 and, with at Pitt, South Florida, at UConn, and Cincinnati remaining, anything above three wins would be a miracle.