NCAA Football 12 Predicts So-So Week for Big East in Week 3

LOUISVILLE KY - SEPTEMBER 04 : Donald Russell #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats is trippped up by Bob Burns #42 of the Louisville Cardinals during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 4 2010 in Louisville Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We haven't brought you any NCAA Football 12 predictions this year after the simulations of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. After an 8-0 Week One, who needs 'em we thought? Week Two didn't sit so well with me, so we're going to see what virtual reality has to say about the Big East again.


Through two weeks, the video game saw the Big East heading to a 14-2 start. It mistakenly thought Cincinnati would upset Tennessee 24-20 and that Louisville would blow out FIU 37-7. Obviously, neither of those things happened. However, only being off by two games isn't that bad.

What's in store for the Big East this week:

Cincinnati 56, Akron 14: The Bearcats gave up 270 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, but still overwhelmed the Zips by creating four turnovers and turning them all into touchdowns in an easy win.

Connecticut 24, Iowa State 23: Of all things, the passing game saved the Huskies from defeat (287 yards, 2 TDs). A Dave Teggart field goal wins the game in the fourth quarter.

Louisville 34, Kentucky 13: The Cards lead the whole way in an easy game against their rivals. Will Stein has an efficient day (175 yards, 1 TD) but it is the rushing game's 200 yards and the defense limiting Morgan Newton to 62 pass yards that puts Louisville over the top.

Iowa 34, Pittsburgh 27: Tino Sunseri is 7/23 for 113 yards and Ray Graham doesn't crack 100 yards rushing as the "high octane" offense sputters for Pitt. Iowa turns the ball over three times but is moving it so well on offense they are able to escape with a win.

South Florida 42, Florida A&M 19: B.J. Daniels throws two touchdowns and two picks but it's not an issue against the Rattlers in a blowout.

USC 33, Syracuse 10: After being all knotted up at 10 at half, the Trojans use three Matt Barkley touchdown passes to blow the game open in the third quarter. While the Syracuse rushing game isn't half bad, Ryan Nassib only passes for 88 yards.

Maryland 42, West Virginia 24: Maryland wins the turnover battle 4-1. Geno Smith has an off day with three picks, two of which are pick sixes in a 21 point Terrapins fourth quarter.

Although 4-3 is not exactly what I'd like to see from the Big East, but I guess it would be much better than a losing week. With the pessimism that is still hanging around from last week, four wins actually sounds about right. I'd like to trade the West Virginia loss for a Connecticut win though (sorry UConn).

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